Primary muscles: Obliques
Secondary muscles: Abs, back
Equipment: No equipment
OBLIQUES STRETCH INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand tall with your feet shoulder width apart. Place your right hand on your hip and raise the left arm.
2. Incline your torso to the right until you feel a stretch in the obliques.
3. Hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Keep your body relaxed and your weight evenly distributed between both legs. Exhale as you deepen the stretch and bend your torso slowly without moving your hips. Inhale deeply (breathe in) as you release the stretch.
The obliques are the muscles that allow us to rotate our torso and bend sideways. Stretching them regularly can improve posture and can help maintain a correct spinal alignment. Strong obliques add an extra support to the back muscles and prevent back pain and injury.
INTENSITY AND DURATION
The obliques stretch is a great exercise but you have to remember to never overstretch a muscle. You have to feel the stretch but you shouldn’t feel any pain associated to it. When you overstretch a muscle, it becomes loose and loses its tone and flexibility. It’s also very important to always stretch both sides equally to ensure proper spinal alignment.
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