Stretch of the Week: Bear Hug (with hold)
By JD Fields, DPT
AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist
How to Perform: Begin with your arms straight out to your side at shoulder height. Then cross both arms across the opposite side of your body as if you were trying to give yourself a big hug. Try and grab on to the back of your shoulders and squeeze, rounding your shoulders and holding for 5 seconds. Let go, and swing your arms out to the side opening up your chest. Repeat 10 times.
Why Perform This Stretch: This exercise will allow for a stretch of your upper back as well as your posterior shoulder muscles. Both of these muscle groups are important for any arm type activities, for example baseball/softball, tennis/pickle ball, swimming, etc.
Please note: Reach and grab to the point where you feel a comfortable stretch. Try and grab further on to your shoulders each time.