12 Stretching Exercises That Get Rid Of Body Asymmetry and Increase Your Metabolism

Our bodies need physical activity to stay healthy and active. However, taking time out of your busy daily schedule to exercise is hard since work and home duties tend to take up a lot of your time and leave you with little to no energy to work out. These days there are many exercises which you can do at home which help in keeping your muscles in shape and which also do not require much equipment.

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Sticking to a sedentary lifestyle where there is no room for exercise or any kind of physical activity will eventually ruin your body over time. So, in order to prevent your body from deteriorating any further it would be better to stretch out your inactive muscles and keep yourself healthy by performing these 12 stretching exercises:

1Neck and shoulders: A soft stretching exercise for the neck

This kind of stretch will help the neck muscles regain their flexibility and remove any excess fat which might have accumulated near the 7th vertebra.

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How to do it:

  • Lie down on your back with your knees bent
  • Place a folded towel behind your head and pull it from its two sides to stretch out your neck
  • Keep your elbows to your sides so as to allow yourself to breathe freely
  • Take 3 deep breaths in this position and repeat the exercise at least 3-4 times
Neck and shoulders: A soft stretching exercise for the neck

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2A static stretch for the shoulder muscles

Frequent headaches are a result of tension in the shoulder area which even has a negative effect on the vision.

How to do it:

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  • Lean on the wall with your shoulder
  • Keep your arm bent at the elbow and lift it to make it parallel to the floor with your fingers pointing down
  • To avoid any painful sensations, rotate the body from the wall
  • After holding this position for 30 seconds do the very same thing with the other arm
A static stretch for the shoulder muscles

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3Twisting for improving the blood circulation and increasing the lymphatic drainage

People who experience the first symptoms of saggy skin should do this kind of exercise.

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How to do it:

  • Lean on a vertical plank with your shoulder or you can even use the door frame to lean on
  • Hold the frame on its opposite side
  • Now, begin rotating your body and feel the muscles on the back of your arm being stretched out
  • Ensure that your arm remains horizontal and the wrist should be in line with the shoulders
  • Do this exercise for 30 seconds on each side
Twisting for improving the blood circulation and increasing the lymphatic drainage

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4Back and abs: Stretch for the thoracic spine

Panting is a result of tense muscles in the areas of the back and abs. These tense muscles don’t allow you to breathe freely. For this particular stretch you will require a special yoga block or a thick blanket.

How to do it:

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  • Lie down on your stomach with your shoulders raised and cross your arms under your chest
  • Place a towel beneath your forehead and with your fingers stretch to the sides, but don’t stretch too much
  • Hold your stretch there and take 8 deep breaths with your eyes closed in this position
  • Relax and go back to your initial position and then repeat this exercise again after a small break
Back and abs: Stretch for the thoracic spine

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