16 Pictures to Show You Which Muscles You Should Stretch
Stretching is one of the most important activities and benefits that we can give our bodies. If you are a regular gym goer, sports lover or an athlete, you will know how important stretching is to loosen and oxygenate muscles. Your trainer at the gym will also advise you how stretching before workouts will benefit you a great deal in conditioning your muscles for rigorous workouts. Stretches shouldn’t only be done by those who are sporty, or physically active at a gym. It is also necessary for those leading a sedentary lifestyle. Office workers at a desk for long periods can benefit greatly from stretching to help release the tension from taut muscles and to increase circulation. Here are 16 pictures that show you what muscles to stretch and how to stretch them.
When you stretch, make sure you breathe. If you experience pain, then stop to stretch. Hold each stretch for up to 30 seconds.
1 Neck front muscles stretching
The neck front stretch involves the sternocleidomastoid muscle. To perform the stretch place your hands on your hips, keep your back straight and bend your hand backwards. To make the stretch intensive, place your hands on your forehead and pull down carefully.
2Neck side muscles stretching
This type of stretch involves the sternocleidomastoid muscle and upper trapezius. To perform the stretch, place yourself in a seated position and keep back straight. Now using your left hand, keep your head bent to the left and touch your shoulder with your ear. Now repeat the stretch in the opposite direction.
The child’s pose involves the lats muscle. Place yourself on all fours and while moving your hips backwards slowly, try to touch the floor with your forehead. This also stretches the hips, and ankles and is regarded a pose to de-stress.
This involves the abdominal and abdominal external oblique muscles. Place your hands behind your back and squat on your heels. Now start pushing your hips forward and upwards but don’t try to strain your lower back too much as it will be counterproductive.
5Pectoral muscles stretching
This pose will stretch the lats and pectoral muscles. To perform this, just face the wall and stand straight. Place your hand on the wall and turn away slowly. Repeat this with the other hand. This is an excellent stretch if you are facing issues of shoulder or arm strain or any severe muscle soreness in the biceps and shoulder.