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How to Stretch the Chest and Shoulders

Stretch It: Chest and Shoulder Stretch With a Band

After doing upper body strengthening exercises, it feels so good to stretch out your chest and shoulders. Here's a simple stretch you can do using a resistance band, a yoga strap, or even a belt. Definitely use a band if you have one since the flexible material will allow you to get an even deeper stretch.

Music: "Adam and Eve" by Ani Difranco

To learn how to do this stretch,

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  • Hold the band with each hand in front of your body. There should be about 18 inches or so between your hands.
  • Raise your arms overhead and then bring your arms behind you as far as you can. The stretchy band will allow you to pull your arms away from each other to increase the stretch. If you're using a strap or belt, just slowly slide your hands apart instead.
  • Pull your arms straight behind you, then arch to the right, hold for a bit, then arch to the left. Come back to center and repeat this sequence again for as many times as you want.
  • Then lift your arms overhead and release.
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