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Door Jamb Chest Stretch

Q: I seem to incorporate plenty of lower body stretches into my daily routine, but carry lots of tension in my upper back. Can you suggest some upper body stretches to help with posture?

A: We recommend this stretch for climbers, computer programmers, bench press fanatics, or any other people who typically have forward-shoulder posture or sedentary sitting jobs. You don't need any equipment other than a door jamb, tree, or corner of a building. Extend your arm out from the torso at a right angle, and bend your elbow 90 degrees. Place your forearm against a wall (or do both at the same time, in a door jamb) and lean forward. You can even stagger your stance with one foot forward, if it feels more comfortable. Hold the stretch on each side for about 10-15 seconds; for optimal benefit, make sure you are warmed up (5 minutes on a cardio machine should do the trick, just to break a light sweat) before taking this stretch to its limits.


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