Standing Back Stretches

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Standing back stretches can be accomplished right at home by putting a very particular technique to good use. Find out about standing back stretches with help from a trainer and fitness expert in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey, guys. It's Cari Shoemate, and I'm going to show you two basic standing back stretches that you can do regardless of where you are. It's really simple and you don't need any equipment. So the first one that I'm going to do is just I'm going to take my feet a little bit wider then my hips. And I'm going to start with a big inhale and a stretch. So I'm going to inhale up, stretch my arms up overhead and then relax my shoulders down my back. So from here we are just going to bend side to side and really warm up our spine. So we are going to inhale as we lean down and exhale as you come back up to the top. And then repeat on the other side. Inhale down and exhale back to the top. And just keep this going just really warm up your spine as you feel a little bit more relaxed, a little bit more limber you can take the stretch a little bit deeper if you want to. But another good thing about this stretch is it's not just working your back but it's really working your entire core which means it's working your back, your abs, and your obliques. It really ties everything together. So that's one of my favorites. My other favorite is a really good one to release tension from your low back. And in yoga we just call this a rag doll move. What you are going to do is you are going to grab your elbows. Your feet can be a little bit wider here and feel free to keep your knees bent slightly as well. So you are going to grab your arms here and then slowly lean forward just relaxing your arms down. You are going to let your arms just hang just like a rag doll and relax your head. You'll feel this immediately in your low back. It's going to stretch out your low back, relieve that tension. And you are also going to feel the stretch in your hamstrings. So make sure to keep them bent, your legs bent a little bit. If you haven't warmed up or if you have tight hamstrings it's totally fine. So that's it. Those are my two favorite standing back stretches. I'm Cari Shoemate, and I'll see you next time.


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