Side Stretch

Seated Side Stretch

We often neglect the muscle groups and soft tissue of our chest, ribs and sides. The Seated Side Stretch is a gentle stretch that can be done as often as you wish throughout the day, no matter how busy you are. It encourages deep breathing, improves vitality and opens you up, side-to-side.


Start with both hands down at your side or in your lap. Lift one hand, palms up toward the ceiling just over your head. Tracking the backside of your hand with your eyes, drive your hand over your head to the opposite side, reaching as far as you can, then return to center. Do just one repetition, then repeat on the other side. It looks like a vertical freestyle swim stroke when you do them in real time. It’s easy at first, but gets more difficult as you incorporate many sets.

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