So….is anyone like me where EVERYTHING they do throughout the day is front of them? What I mean is…as I’m sitting here in front of the computer, I have my arms out in front of me in order to type. I sit and study with stuff in front of me and I lean forward to read it. I do the dishes – yup! In FRONT!!
Is that YOU TOO???
If so, I have a great tip for you! With everything done in front of us, it makes our chest muscles (pectoralis major) short and tight. Imagine a string going across your chest and attached at each shoulder. Now, imagine that string getting pulled forward in an effort to make it shorter. Your shoulders come forward and rounded. These muscles are just some of the ones keeping us from being able to draw our shoulders back and to keep them there!
So what do we do with short muscles??? We STRETCH!
I have attached a video that demonstrates how to stretch your pecs.
But first, a few important things to remember:
– Only apply a stretch when your muscles are warm. Evening is the best time, or after a warm shower….just don’t stretch when you first get up in the morning.
– Don’t stretch into pain – meaning only stretch until you feel a LIGHT DISCOMFORT that feels like a stretch. Don’t stretch so far that it cause you pain, essentially you are ripping your muscles apart causing strains and scar tissue.
– Hold your stretch for 30 seconds. This is the time researched that allowed the greatest benefit and change in muscle length. One 30 second stretch is better than two 15 second stretches or one minute long stretch.
– Don’t forget to breathe as you stretch! As we exhale, it triggers a relaxation effect that allows our muscles to lengthen and let go of the tension!
Enjoy the video!
PS. If you have a questions or suggestions of a tip you’d like to see, please feel free to send me a message!