Shoulder and arm stretches are important for overall flexibility an good posture. Stretching exercises, when performed appropriately, reduce the possibility of muscle damage and increase the range of motion of the stretched muscle. Neck and back problems result when chest and shoulder muscles tighten. Forward head posture may be the end effect of taut pectorals.
Stretching the Arms
Stretching your arms before or after any weightlifting or strength training is essential, as doing so helps to loosen the muscles and prepare them for heavy use. It also lessens the chance of injury and amplifies the benefits the training will bring about.
Warm up & Comfort
Although many would argue that stretching should be the first activity undertaken before any exercise, it’s actually more beneficial to undergo 3 to 5 minutes of light cardio training before stretching. This is so the muscles can warm up sufficiently; stretching when cold could damage them. Ensure that you wear comfortable clothing.
Stand upright. Raising your right arm above your head, bend your elbow, ensuring that your hand and forearm extend behind your head and between your shoulder blades.
Using your left hand, push your right elbow down or pull it towards your head. Switch arms once sufficiently stretched. Another method of stretching triceps is by bringing one elbow across your body towards the opposite shoulder, using the other arm to hold it closer to the shoulder. Hold this for 10 to 15 seconds.
To stretch your biceps, extend your arm at shoulder height with the palm facing upwards. Placing the palm of your other hand over your outstretched fingers, gently press down, holding for 10 to 30 seconds until you feel the stretch in your biceps. Repeat with your other arm.
Holding your arm out in front of you, gently pull back the hand with your other hand. This will stretch the wrist muscles. Repeat with the other hand.
Standing up straight with shoulders relaxed, clasp your hands behind your lower back and lift your clasped hands, making sure your elbows are kept straight and your posture, upright. Lift until the stretch becomes uncomfortable, but before you feel pain. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
Place your palms together above your head, and extend your arms upwards keeping your palms in contact. Then, with your back kept straight, move your arms slowly backwards until you feel a mild tension in your muscles. Hold this position for 15 to 20 seconds and then slowly return to your original position and relax.