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Cat Stretch (Back Stretches)

Stretching regularly improves your flexibility, improves your posture, and prevents injury.

Including simple stretches such as the Cat Stretch into your daily routine is a no-brainer: it’s easy and stretching for only 5 minutes will leave you feeling healthier and more relaxed.

How to do the Cat Stretch

The Cat Stretch helps strengthen your lower back muscles and ease any minor back pain due to bad posture. Learn how to do the Cat Stretch in this section:

STEP 1: Go down on all fours (use a mat to protect your hands and knees). Maintain a straight (neutral) back.
STEP 2: Exhale and push your back upward, creating a curve in your spine. Hold your breath for 5 seconds, then exhale and release, returning to neutral back.


Chronic stress makes your muscles tense up and can lead to:

  • Stiffness in the back, shoulders, and neck
  • Jaw pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Involuntary muscle tightness

The low back stores tension more than any other part of the body and it can be difficult to fully relax and stretch this body part.

Release stress to relax your muscles, breathe more fully, and enjoy a more restful sleep.

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