The Back Scratch Exercise Helps Relieve Tension in Your Shoulders

by On Aug 8, 2014
The Back Scratch Exercise Helps Relieve Tension in Your Shoulders

Ever wondered why your shoulders ache after a long run? This is because your upper back and shoulders are too tensed up. The back scratch warmup exercise can help relax your back muscles before your run.

  • While standing, reach one arm up and bend the elbow to pat your back.
  • Reach your fingers down your upper back as far as you are able to.
  • At the same time, put your other hand behind your lower back and reach your fingers up your back as far as you can.
  • Try and touch your fingertips.
  • Repeat 5-10 times per side.

It's all right if you can't touch your fingers; make sure you don't overextend yourself. This exercise is also great for releasing the tension in your shoulders after extended periods of sitting down!

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