Above you’ll find my fifth Key Stretch of Importance: the Rotating Stomach Stretch.
My first Key Stretch of Importance was a rotating lower back stretch so this stretch is a great complement for that one.
What’s so great about this stretch? Well, just as a strong core is important for efficient movement and good posture, so is a flexible core. And good flexibility through your hips, stomach, and sides will help you reach, bend and turn without restriction or pain.
How to perform this stretch: Lie face down and bring your hands close to your shoulders. Keep your hips on the ground, look forward and rise up by straightening your arms. Then slowly bend one arm and rotate that shoulder towards the ground.
How long to hold this stretch: Hold this position for between 20 to 30 seconds while concentrating on breathing deeply and slowly. Carefully move out of the stretch position and then repeat on the other side. Repeat 2 to 3 times on each side.
Warning: Be very careful with this stretch (or avoid altogether) if you have any lower back pain or previous lower back injuries.
If you’re looking for more great stretches check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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