Lean Into Stretch Exercises

Jan 5, 2021

Whether you’ve done stretching routines as an athlete or you’re a complete starter, these three stretching exercises may be beneficial to your heart health. Follow the steps below for each exercise for proper execution.

stretch-chest-250x1501. Chest Stretch – this exercise mainly targets your chest, arms and upper back.

  • Place your palms at the back of your head.
  • Stretch your elbows back while squeezing with your upper back. You should feel a stretch on your chest near the underarms.
  • Hold this position for 20-30 seconds.
  • Repeat this exercise once per set.

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stretch-shoulder-roll-250x1502. Shoulder Roll – this exercise mainly targets your shoulders and upper back.

  • Lift your shoulders up toward your ears. You can lift both simultaneously or do it one shoulder at a time.
  • Then, in a circular motion, slowly move your shoulders down and backwards.
  • Repeat this exercise 5-10 times per set.

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stretch-toe-touch-250x1503. Toe Touch – this exercise mainly targets your calves, back and arms.

  • Place your right leg on a railing or a chair.
  • Keep your left leg straight to achieve a 90-degree angle with your other leg.
  • Lean forward, then touch the toes of your right leg. Avoid bouncing.
  • Switch legs and do the same stretching process.
  • Repeat this exercise 1-2 times per set.

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Exercises courtesy of the American Heart Association

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