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Simple Shoulder Stretches
Tight shoulders seem to be a problem for many of us at CFO. Here are a few stretches to try out. Do a few overhead squats before you do them, then do a few after and see if you notice a difference. (Of course, you only want to do static stretches like these after you are very warm and sweaty).
Start standing next to a wall. Place your palm on the wall next to you and extend your arm forward and up, tracing a circle on the wall. Pass overhead and behind you, completing the circle slowly. Notice that you may have to move away from the wall to complete the circle. Try to keep your shoulders even and an upright posture. When you get to a tight spot, stop and take a few deep breaths. Do three times on each side.
Place your hands on a pole or doorknobs (as pictured). Walk your feet away and bend at your hips so that you are able to lean away from the door and stretch your lats and lower back. Hold 30-60 seconds.
Bring your hands palms facing together behind your back. Try to open your chest as you do this. Many of you will not be able to make your palms meet. In this case, start with your fingertips touching. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
You can do this stretch sitting or standing. Start with your shoulders even. Bend your left arm and place your left hand on your back, palm facing out. Stretch your fingers up your back. Extend your right arm overhead and then bend it, aiming it toward your left hand. If you are unable to reach, use a strap or band to bridge the distance. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides. Usually one side is more flexible than the other.