What is it and benefits?
Tricep-Standing is a beginner stretch that improves flexibility in the upper arms and shoulders.
Who should perform it?
This flexibility exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have no shoulder weaknesses and/or injuries.
Stand tall with the feet at shoulder-width apart. Suck in the tummy in an effort to make the navel touch the spine.
How to Do the Exercise:
Extend the left arm straight overhead. Keeping the arm close to the left ear, bend the elbow so that the left hand rests comfortably with the palm at the base of the neck between the shoulder blades. Reaching overhead with the right arm, firmly grasp the left elbow and gently apply pressure. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds. Switch arms and perform this stretch on the opposite side. Complete 2-3 repetitions on each arm.
Keep the tummy pulled in throughout this movement. If any pain or discomfort is experienced, discontinue this exercise. Do as much as your body will allow without straining.
Flexibility should improve if this exercise is consistently performed. Stretch a bit further and/or hold this stretch a bit longer to make it more challenging.