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8 Exercises That Show You Exactly What Muscles You Are Stretching

8 Exercises That Show You Exactly What Muscles You Are Stretching

Usually we think of stretching the muscles after exercise, so that they don’t hurt afterwards. But the reality is that muscle stretching is recommended every day, regardless of whether we have exercised or not.
Stretching every day prevents the muscles from shortening and also helps prevent injuries, since many times these are produced by lack of mobility. It also promotes the elasticity and flexibility of the whole body and reduces postural pain.

In addition, obviously, stretching is an exercise in itself and also helps you stay in shape. If you want to start stretching your muscles, these pictures can help you achieve it.
Below you will find 8 exercises for stretching the muscles.

1. Neck side muscles Stretch
Neck side muscles Stretch

Muscles highlighted: Sternocleidomastoid muscle and upper trapezius. In the sitting position, straightening your back and helping with your left arm, tilt your head to the left, trying to touch your ear with your shoulder. Repeat the exercise in the opposite direction.

2. Neck front muscles Stretch

Muscles highlighted: Sternocleidomastoid muscle. Put your hands on your hips, straighten your back and start gently tilting your head back. To stretch was stronger, you can help yourself with your hands, putting your hands on your forehead.

3. Pectoral muscles Stretch

Pectoral muscles Stretch
Muscles highlighted: Pectoral muscles and lats. Stand straight, facing the wall and, laying your right hand on it, slowly turn away from the wall. Repeat with the other hand.

4. Camel pose

Muscles highlighted: Rectus Abdominus and External Obliques. These stretch is best reserved for people who have good flexibility already. Sit on your heels and place your hands behind you as you push your hips up and forward. Avoiding putting too much pressure on your lumbar spine. If you’ve neck problems don’t drop your head back.
5. Neck back muscles Stretch

Neck back muscles Stretch
Muscles highlighted:Trapezius Muscle. Start by standing with you feet together. Keeping your spine long, slowly sit your hips back and round your upper back, tucking your chin to your chest at the same time.

6. Shoulder side Stretch

Muscles Highlighted: Side Deltoid. Straighten your arm across your body, and slightly press it with your other hand to intensify the stretch. Repeat the exercise with the other hand.

7. Triangle Pose

18 Pictures That Show You Exactly What Muscles You Are Stretching

Muscles Highlighted: Work your external obliques. Start with a wide stance, your front foot straight ahead and your back foot at 90 degrees. Place your hand on your front leg or the floor as you sit back into your front hip, keeping your back straight.

8. Down Dog Variation At The Wall

Muscles Highlighted: Stretch your pectoralis and latissimus dorsi. Position yourself far enough from a wall or rack so that as you touch the wall your body becomes parallel to the ground. Move into this position by hinging at the hips and keeping your spine straight.

Once in position, push your chest forward creating a slight arch in your upper back, stretching your lats and chest muscles. Whenever you’ve tight hamstrings try bending at the knees.