Vivian Grisogono

STAND-AND-REACH

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Strengthens and stretches one side of the body.

Position: Stand straight with your feet slightly apart, arms by your sides, hands inwards.
Movement: Lift one arm upwards and slightly outwards, turning your hand outwards so the palm faces up, and reach up as far as you can, so that your weight shifts over the leg on that side. Return to the starting position. Repeat 3 times.
Repetitions and frequency: 3-5 times on each side, 1-2 times a day.
Note: Avoid pain. Take care not to overbalance. Breathe normally throughout the movement. If one side is weaker or less coordinated than the other, do more repetitions on that side.
Benefits: Maintains and improves shoulder mobility and coordination. Exercises the shoulder’s abductor and rotator muscles against gravity. Lengthens the latissimus dorsi muscle. Good for balance.
After injury: A late stage exercise following shoulder injuries, early stage for many forearm or hand problems. A good protective exercise for hip region or back problems. If you have been limping because of a leg injury, it helps take pressure off the hip and restores balance in the pelvic region.