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Desk Stretch for Shoulders and Triceps

Work It Girl: Tricep and Shoulder Stretch

If you work at a desk all day, chances are your shoulders and upper back are tense from typing. Here's a great stretch to loosen your tight shoulders and triceps.

  • Sit nice and tall in your chair. Bend you left elbow, bringing it behind your back, with your palm facing outward. Bring the back of your left hand up towards the middle of your upper back, as high up towards your neck as possible.
  • Now lift your right arm straight up towards the ceiling. Bend your elbow, lowering the palm of your hand behind your head, as close to the middle of your upper back as possible.
  • Try to touch your fingers together, and eventually clasp your hands. If your hands don't touch, it's OK because you're still getting a good stretch in your left shoulder and right tricep.
  • Try to keep the spine long by drawing your ribs and belly button in, and pressing the back of your head gently against your right arm. After holding for at least five deep breaths, slowly release your arms. They're probably going to feel a little weird, so shake them out before doing the second side.
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vnssa906 vnssa906 7 years
love this! i can do the left arm behind the back, but impossible for the opposite side! time to start stretching more! :)
KMattes KMattes 8 years
My mom used to tell me this stretch prevented your boobs from sagging! I'm sure that's not true, but I still giggle every time I do it!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
Hehe - I just tried this at my desk and it felt great! I was looking at the pic, attempting to copy it exactly and I think I succeeded! :D Thanks for the tip, Fit! Also - is this you? Love that shirt whoever it is!! ;)
urbanrosed urbanrosed 9 years
I saw the shirt too and was in lust.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I'm so just sucks. I have to stretch in bed to get to the bathroom every morning. It helps though so that's good. I used to be able to do that yoga pose with the hands grasping in the back, but not so much anymore...
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
This stretch feels so good! and the more you do it, the closer your hands get :)
strawberry-mac strawberry-mac 9 years
This is off topic, but I love that shirt. Where is it from?haha
Advah Advah 9 years
I just tried that one forgetting I have funny ligaments on my shoulers, man it hurt like hell! I'll try again (erm, not now, this afternoon!) but more gentle. :)
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Wow! I actually had a sore shoulder all day from shovelling the 16 or so inches of snow we got on the weekend. I'd been trying to stretch it out all day with no luck. This cleared it right up! Colour me impressed! :D
Corjon Corjon 9 years
This is the best stretch for flexible shoulders.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I can't do that!!!
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