Stretch Series: How to Stretch Your Arms
Stretching is one of the most important things you could ever do, no matter where it is. Your arms are no exception to that. In fact, for limbs that you use so heavily on a daily basis, that's only more of a reason to do it. Adding exercise to the mix takes that up a notch too. There really is never a bad time to do it, and doing it right is what counts.
We're not just here to tell you how important stretching your arm is though. We're also here to help teach you how to do it, and do it properly at that. The list here consists of 5 of the best arm stretches you could ever find to adequately stretch each individual section, and help you keep in the best shape you possibly can.
Whether you're doing them pre-workout, post-workout, or even when you get out of bed in a morning; remember to do them.
Overhead Tricep Stretch
We'll start with one of the more well-known arm stretches we've got. The overhead tricep stretch is the most common arm stretch of the series, and for a good reason. It's a great way to get your triceps ready for anything, and since they're the biggest muscle in your arms, they need to be.
To do it, you need to raise your arm above your head, and then bend your elbow so that you are touching your back. Once you're comfortable in this position, pull it further with your other arm by pulling your elbow toward your head, hold, and release.
Straight arm Bicep Stretch
The next muscle that we need to make sure gets some attention comes from the biceps. This is a fundamental muscle in your arms and effects a lot of back involved movements too, so don't skip this. The easiest bicep stretch is the straight arm stretch, which you can do almost anywhere.
Simply stretch your arms out sideways to form a T and rotate them from palm forward to palms backwards. The best technique is to do so slowly and stop if you feel any discomfort, but you will definitely feel the release of tension.
Floor Bicep Stretch
the straight arm stretch isn't the only thing we have available here either, however. That's a big thing tor remember. We also need to think about how the floor stretch too, as it's a great way to stretch most of your arm using your body weight too.
To do it, you need to sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you and your arms behind you with your palms flat on the floor, fingers pointing behind you. Then slide your legs forward but keep your hands fixed, and you’ll feel the stretch in the biceps.
The final muscle you need to work in your arms is the forearm, which also helps you to stretch your elbows too and keep your arms in their peak physical condition. They’re relatively easy to do an require no equipment again.
With your arm stretched out in front of you, point your fingers downwards to form a right angle at your wrist, and then push even further down with the other hand to get a fuller extension. Of course, do not push too far as to cause an injury.
The wrist flexion is basically the exact opposite of the previous stretch but is equally as important for your arm health. As with the exercise earlier though, be careful to make sure that you don't overstretch and cause yourself any ligament damage.
To do this arm stretch, all you need to do is place yourself in the same position as last time, with your arm straight out in front of you. Then, put your palm facing outwards, so your fingers are pointing upwards and pull back on them with the other hand.
Once you’ve done all of these, your arms should be ready for almost anything you can throw at them, and these stretches can be used both before and after workouts too to keep them in their peak condition.
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