Side Of Your Body And Oblique Stretches Videos

When you've been working out your sides, it's a good idea to do some oblique stretches. (But you probably already know that!)

Here you'll see three different ways of stretching the sides of your body.

Standing Side Stretches

This will stretch the sides of your upper body and arms.





Below is the text for these standing side stretches.

Method

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Interlace your fingers over your head, palms facing out.
  3. Straighten and move your arms overhead and slightly back.
  4. While keeping your lower body still, bend to the side.
  5. Stop when you can feel the tension in your side.
  6. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  7. Switch sides and repeat.

Things To Watch Out For

  • Don't let your arms roll forward.
  • Don't let your head roll forward. Keep your chin up.
  • In fact, don't let your upper body lean forward or back. Imagine you're trapped in a narrow space between two walls.

Arm And Oblique Stretches

This also stretches the entire side of your upper body, not just your obliques.





Here's the text version.

Method

  1. Stand upright with feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Lift your right arm and bend it behind your head.
  3. Pull your right elbow with your left hand behind your back.
  4. From that position, bend from the hip to the side.
  5. Stop when you can feel tension.
  6. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

Things To Watch Out For

  • Like in the previous stretch, don't let your upper body lean forward or backward when you do the side bends.
  • Don't let your hips come up.
  • Breathe deeply.

Thighs And Side Stretches

This is a great stretch to try if you want to save time by stretching both your inner thighs and the sides of your upper body at the same time. But you'll need a good balance to try this stretch.





Here's the text for these oblique stretches.

Method

  1. Stand beside a sturdy chair or other piece of furniture. (Or even a tree stump!)
  2. Put one foot on the chair.
  3. Lift both arms over your head while keeping your body upright.
  4. Let's say you're standing on your left leg, with your right foot on the chair. Pull your left arm with your right hand and lean to your right.
  5. Stop when you can feel the stretch in your inner thighs and in your side muscles.
  6. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.
  7. Do the other side in the same way.

Things To Watch Out For

  • When you first try this stretch, it's a good idea to have somebody to catch you in case you fall over.

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