Chair Upper Body Stretch

Senior Stretching Exercises Video Series

This chair upper body stretch exercise stretches the biceps, shoulders and chest. It is done while sitting in a chair and holding onto the back of the chair.

This is the second video in this series and is the first of the upper body stretches.

This will, as stated above, stretch the biceps, chest and shoulder muscles.

The biceps are the large muscles on the front of your upper arm. These are the muscles that people like to flex and show off.

The shoulder muscles include the deltoid which is the largest of the muscles in this area. The smaller muscle stretched with this exercise is the scapula, which is your shoulder blades.

The pectoralis major and minor muscles are the chest muscles. These are more commonly just called the pecs.

While this senior stretching exercise focuses on the muscles described above, it will to some degree stretch the upper and middle back.

This is because of the posture you will be using to stretch the other muscles.

Exercise #2 - Chair Upper Body Stretch

Although this stretches 3 different primary muscles, it is just one stretching movement. Use the step by step directions below and watch the video to ensure you are doing this correctly.
  1. Sit on the edge of your chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor.
  2. Place your arms behind you and grip the back of the chair with your hands. Your hands should be about shoulder blade height or as close to this as you can get.
  3. Keeping your balance, lean forward as far as you can to feel the stretch.
  4. Hold this stretch for about 20 seconds.
You can alter this stretch that does not require you to hold the back of the chair. For this modification, sit back in your chair and simply stretch your arms behind you.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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