Do your shoulders feel tense after sitting at the computer for long periods? Take a cue from dogs and cats, who stretch their shoulders all the time—have you ever heard one complain about a long day at the office?
Step 1: Lie on floor Lie flat on the floor with your legs straight and together and your arms straight out from your sides against the floor.
Step 2: Bend elbows Bend your elbows at 90-degree angles so your fingertips point straight up toward the ceiling and your palms face forward.
Step 3: Drop back hands Drop the backs of your hands toward the floor, keeping the elbows bent at 90-degree angles and your shoulders and upper arms on the floor. Stop when you feel a comfortable tension. Hold for about 10-30 seconds.
Step 4: Roll arms forward Roll your arms forward so that your palms face down and your fingers point toward your feet. Again, stop the rotation once you feel that comfortable tension. Hold for about 10-30 seconds.
Step 5: Repeat stretch Repeat the stretch, rotating your arms up and down again, three to five times. Try to go slightly further into the stretch each time, being careful not to cause any pain.
FACT: Dogs and cats tend to stretch when they wake up—gentle stretching upon awakening increases the blood flow to your muscles and can prevent everyday injuries.