Stretches to ease aches and pains in your body, as demonstrated by The Brave Shapes
It's been a grueling few months of the stay-home order, and while our minds have found a way to grapple with the daily routine of limited social interactions, minimal steps, and an unhealthy amount of eating, our bodies are bearing the real brunt of it.
Even with evening walks and runs penned in, we're sitting more often than usual — in a compromising position while crouching over our screens. And with that, comes a ton of aches and pains you've never felt before creeping up. The pressure points? It could be anywhere, depending on your default posture. To tackle the issue — from head to toe —chief trainer of The Brave Shapes, Evans Wu demonstrates five easy stretches you can do in order to alleviate the sore aches you've been putting up with.
This stretch targets your chest muscles, especially the smaller muscles close to your collarbone. Hold this stretch for 3 sets of 30 seconds on each side.
Elbow Wall Stretch
This stretch targets the supraspinatus muscle in your shoulder complex, which is often stiff from computer work. Hold this stretch for three sets of 30 seconds on each side.
Inner Thigh Stretch
This stretch targets your adductors (inner thigh), which are responsible for the motion of bringing your ankles towards each other. Sitting for long periods can cause the inner thighs to shorten and become stiff. Hold this stretch for one set of one minute.
Trunk and Core stretch
This stretch allows your core muscles to lengthen, reducing the hunching posture in your shoulder and neck. Hold this stretch for three sets of one minute.
Chair Shoulder Stretch
This targets the shoulder and arm muscles, reducing stiffness in your deltoids, and increasing mobility in your shoulders. Hold this stretch for one set of one minute a day.