Hyperextension of Back (Back Stretches)

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One of the major benefits of Stretching is that it increases your flexibility. While Stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Training with Free Weights and Weight Training Exercises, without a good stretch, you will not be able to minimize the risk of injury.

Back pain is a common ailment especially since the back takes in tension more than any other part of the body. Back pain can range from mild discomfort to pain that hinders you from working or participating in your favorite leisure activities. Doing exercises which target your back can help avoid any back pain. The Hyperextension of Back is one of those exercises. Learn how to do this exercise in this section:

STEP 1: Lie face down (on the mat or on the floor). Move your elbows close to your body.

STEP 2: Push your torso up until your elbows are supporting your body weight. Keep your hips on the floor.
STEP 3: Be sure to keep your neck relaxed. Hold for 12-15 seconds.

Stress makes your muscles tense up and can cause headache, stiff neck, sore shoulders, and a knotted back. The back takes in tension more than any other part of the body. Also, during a Fitness workout, the back muscles contract, further increasing the tension. Full body stretching will relax your muscles, help you to breathe deeper and release all of the accumulated tension your body takes each day. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequence, go to Fitness Exercises: Stretching Sequences.

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