Fix Your Upper Back | Arms Up The Wall Stretch

Fix Your Upper Back | Arms Up The Wall Stretch

Most of our recent posts have focused on the major joint of the lower core, the hip joint. The hip is the most important lower body joint not only because it bears so much of your bodyweight, but because it connects so many major muscles together.

The main joint of the upper body is the shoulder joint. While it doesn’t bear the same amount of your body weight as the hip joint, it does tie major muscle groups together. Much like the hip people tend to carry their tension and stress in the muscles surrounding it.

The traps, rhomboids, lats & related neck & upper back muscles are almost always tight enough to cause pain. Pain equals stress.

 

Are you falling victim to this common stress causing tightness? Find out (& start treating it) by giving yourself this simple stretch test.

Directions: Stand with your back against the wall, elbows up in a “Y” and gently slide them up overhead, then slide down the wall until your shoulder blades pinch together. If you can’t keep your butt, elbows & back of your hands on the wall all the way up and down you probably have muscle tightness in your upper back which is causing you stress.

Pay special attention to where this motion is the hardest, the uppermost part of the range of motion or the bottom?

Exercise: It’s Medicine For the Mind

Exercise: It’s Medicine For the Mind

…. Dr. Charles Hillman from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana states, one of the biggest takeaways from this research is that schools should recognize the mental benefits of exercise for students and reorganize their daily schedules to give students more physical activity breaks.

That’s right folks, not only does exercise develop specific parts of your body, it also develops specific parts of your brain!

Feeling low on energy? Brain function not quite what you want it to be? Get out go for a walk, do some yoga, lift some weights, try some high-intensity interval training. Take your kids with you, it’s good for them too!

Source: Exercise: It’s Medicine For the Mind