Standing Side Stretch
This exercise involves standing with feet hip-width apart and reaching one arm up and over to the opposite side, stretching the side of the body. It helps to improve flexibility and mobility in the torso and can also relieve tension in the shoulders and neck.
Standing Side Stretch Instructions
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides.
- Take a deep breath in and raise your left arm straight up overhead.
- As you exhale, bend your torso to the right, keeping your left arm extended and your right arm at your side.
- Hold the stretch for 10-15 seconds, feeling the stretch along the left side of your body.
- Inhale and return to the starting position with your arms at your sides.
- Repeat on the other side by raising your right arm overhead and bending your torso to the left.
- Continue alternating sides for 5-10 repetitions.
Standing Side Stretch Form & Visual
Standing Side Stretch Benefits
- Stretches the sides of the body, including the obliques and intercostal muscles
- Improves flexibility and range of motion in the torso
- Relieves tension in the shoulders and neck
- Can help alleviate lower back pain
- Increases circulation and oxygen flow to the muscles
- Can be done anywhere without any equipment
Standing Side Stretch Muscles Worked
- Latissimus dorsi
- Erector spinae
- Quadratus lumborum
Standing Side Stretch Variations & Alternatives
- Standing Side Bend
- Seated Side Stretch
- Side Plank
- Triangle Pose
- Extended Side Angle Pose