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Stretch It: Wall Side Stretch

So maybe this stretch looks like some lame robotic dance move you'd see in the 80s, but it's actually an amazing stretch for the sides of your body. It's especially good the day after an intense core workout when your abs are so sore it hurts to laugh. This stretch is best done right in front of a wall.

To learn how to do this stretch

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  • Stand so your toes are a few inches from the wall. Lift your arms up in T-position. Prepare to do this stretch by keeping your spine nice and long, relaxing your shoulders away from your ears, drawing your navel towards your spine, and tucking your tailbone in.
  • Now reach your left hand down so your arm is parallel with your body. Lower your fingers as far as you can while bending sideways to the left. Anchor your right arm in space and keep it parallel with the ground. As you bend to the left, you'll feel a deep stretch in the right side of your body. You never end up touching the wall, it's just there to make sure you don't lean your upper body forward. Stay like this for 30 seconds, then return to standing upright. Repeat again on the other side.
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