Stretch of the Month
Upper Back Stretch
- Seated or standing, stretch the arms straight out and rotate the hands so that the palms face away from each other.
- Cross the arms so that the palms are pressed together, contract the abs and round the back, reaching away as you relax the head.
- Don’t collapse but instead imagine you’re curving up and over an imaginary ball.
Your posture, how you align your body and use your muscles to keep you in certain positions, is an important consideration in every activity you do including sitting, standing and sleeping. Good posture maximizes your respiratory capacity, allowing other systems, including your digestive and circulatory systems, to work effectively. As you move throughout your day, think about how you are holding your body.