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7 Shoulder Stretches You Can Do Anywhere

  • Shoulder Finger Stretch

    Do this simple stretch when you need a break from your computer screen.

    • Sit in a chair and interlace your fingers into a soft fist.
    • Stretch your fist above your head, following it with your eyes.
    • Flip your palms to the sky, keeping your fingers together and lengthening your arms even more.
    • Take 2 to 3 breaths in this position.
    • On your next exhale, bring your interlaced hands behind your head.
    • Inhale and lengthen your arms up again. Take 2 to 3 more breaths in this position.
    • Inhale as you separate your fingers and straighten your arms overhead.
    • Lower your hands and exhale.

    Originally in 8 Yoga Poses You Can Do in Your Desk Chair

  • The Skyscraper

    This upper-body stretch targets your shoulders, sides, neck, and chest.

    • Sit with your legs together and feet flat on the floor.
    • Clasp hands in front of you, interlacing your fingers.
    • Turn your palms outward and raise them over your head.
    • Bend slowly to the left and hold for two breaths before repeating on the right side.
    • Continue alternating for one minute.

    Originally in 8 Yoga Poses You Can Do in Your Desk Chair

  • Child's Reach Stretch

    Nothing relaxes you faster than a calming upper-body stretch, which many yoga studios routinely practice.

    • Go into normal child's pose with your chest on top of your quads.
    • Thread your left arm underneath your body, extend your right arm, and rest your head on the ground.
    • Hold for at least 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

    Originally in Relaxing Stretching Exercises

  • The Neck Opener

    Most of us take for granted how much weight our neck and shoulders have to hold all day. This yoga pose can help.

    • Sit up straight at the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the floor.
    • Reach your left arm behind your back, then grab your left wrist with your right hand and lightly pull to the right side.
    • While holding your wrist, slowly rotate your neck from the right side to back and up and finally to forward and down.
    • Press your shoulder away from your ear to deepen the stretch.
    • Repeat for 30 seconds.
    • Switch sides.

    Originally in 8 Yoga Poses You Can Do in Your Desk Chair

  • Side-Bend Shoulder Press

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    • With a weight in your left hand, place your right hand on the side of your head, creating a triangle shape.
    • Keeping your left hand parallel to your body, bend at the hip on the left side.
    • Extend your left arm toward the sky as you bend your torso towards the right.
    • Do 30 reps on each side.

    Originally in Fast Belly Blast

  • The Cobra

    This floor move isolates your upper body and relieves tension in just a few minutes.

    • Lie facedown with your palms near your chest on the floor.
    • Lift your head, shoulders, and chest off the floor toward the ceiling, pulling your shoulder blades down and together.
    • Hold for 2 counts and lower.
    • Repeat this 8 to 10 times.

    Originally in Our Top 10 Abs Exercises

  • Shoulder Soother

    With a name like "shoulder soother," this stretch is guaranteed to unknot even the tightest shoulder blades.

    • Stand with feet together, knees bent 45 degrees, and hands on hips.
    • Lunge back with right leg as you swing right arm forward and then overhead and behind you in a windmill motion.
    • Return to start. Switch sides and repeat to complete 1 rep. Do 8 reps.

    Originally in The Relaxing Yoga and Dance Workout