Wall sit and reach exercise

STRETCH

What is it and benefits?

Overhead Reach-Sitting against Wall is an intermediate exercise that increases flexibility and improves range of motion in the shoulders, chest, and upper back.


Who should perform it?

This exercise is best for those who have adequate CORE strength and flexibility. There should be no pain, injury or weakness in the shoulders, chest, and upper back.


Getting Started:

Sit down on the floor with the back and buttocks pressed against the wall. Suck in the tummy in an attempt to make the navel touch the spine. Bend both legs and draw them towards the pelvis as if you were going to sit Indian-style. Press the soles of the feet together.


How to Do the Exercise:

Raise both arms overhead to shoulder-height. Bend them at right angles and press them against the wall. Sliding the arms along the wall, reach both arms directly overhead and keep them close to the ears. Do not arch the back.


Be Safe!

Perform this exercise as long as it is possible to keep the back against the wall. Keep the tummy drawn. Be aware of how your body responds to this exercise. Should any pain or discomfort be encountered during this exercise, discontinue it immediately.

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