As you probably already know, a vital part of any workout is the cool down. It gives your muscles a chance to relax and recover after the strenuous activity they just did. When it comes to arm stretches, they feel just as good after a long day as they do after a challenging workout. Here are some of our favorites:
- Tricep Stretch
- Eagle Stretch
- Chest Opener
- Deltoid Stretch
- Forearm Stretch
In the rest of this article, we’ll walk you through each exercise and explain how to do them in detail. So, put on something comfy, pull out a mat, and let’s get started!
5 Ways To Stretch Your Arms
Sit or stand up straight and reach your right hand toward the ceiling. Now, bend it at the elbow, draw your right hand behind your head, and use your left hand to apply pressure to the outside of your elbow. Try to maintain the straightness of your spine and keep your head upright and facing forward. Breathe deeply as you hold for 10 to 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Sit or stand up straight and extend both arms in front of you at chest level. Bend them both at the elbow so your palms are facing together and fingers are pointing up, then place your right elbow on top of your left arm. Turn your palms so they face each other and draw your hands together.
Now, tilt your left ear toward your left shoulder (tilting away from the arm that’s on top). Breathe deeply and hold for 10 to 20 seconds, then switch sides.
Sit or stand up straight and clasp your hands behind your back. Gently pull your hands away from your back as you engage your abs and allow your chest to open. Breathe deeply and use your breath to help release your muscles. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
Sit or stand up straight and hold your right arm straight in front of your chest. Then, use your left hand to apply pressure just above the elbow and draw your arm across your chest. Relax your shoulders away from your ears and apply just enough pressure to get a good stretch. Breathe deeply as you hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
Kneel on the ground and place your palms on the ground, fingers pointing toward your knees. Lean back slightly until you feel a good stretch through your wrists and forearms. Now, flip your hands around so the backs of your hands on the ground and your fingers are still pointing toward your knees. Lean back again until you feel a stretch.
Keep drawing your shoulders away from your ears and breathing deeply. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds.
We hope this article helped you find some great new ways to stretch your arms and upper body! Try it as a warm up, a cool down, or just a way to unwind after a long day.