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Upper Back Stretch (Back Stretches)

Back Stretches: Upper Back Stretch

The upper back includes muscles that run through not only through your back and surround your spine, but also your arms, shoulders, and neck. A strong upper back enables us to pull and lift weights – not only in the gym.

Flexibility should go hand in hand with strength. The short-term benefits include shorter recovery time and less muscle soreness. What you’re really after with stretching are the long-term benefits, such as better posture, body awareness and a supple body with healthy joints.

Learn how to do this stretch that’s easy to do anywhere.

How To: Upper Back Stretch

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Lift your arms until they’re parallel to the floor and clasp your fingers (palms facing away from your face).
  • Keep your upper body strong and in line with your pelvis.
  • Gently pull with your hands until you feel a stretch in your arms, shoulders, and across the whole upper back.
  • Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat as many times as necessary.

Breathe slowly and with control and you will relax not only your muscles but your mind as well.

Keep your neck and facial muscles relaxed. Relax your eyes (you could also try closing them). This stretch shouldn’t put any additional stress on any body part.

Check out our articles for more:

  • Lower back stretches
  • Glute stretches
  • Shoulder stretches
  • And more!

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