Ready, Set, Stretch

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Ready, Set, Stretch

When it comes to stretching, movement-based, dynamic stretches can be easily incorporated into your daily exercise routine.

In fact, when practiced regularly and correctly, this type of stretching has been proven to increase energy levels, and physical strength, and improve range of motion. All of which can increase mobility and decrease knee pain.

Practicing dynamic stretching can also help warm up the body, in preparation for exercise and movement- Which is a great thing to do, especially for those of us that have knee osteoarthritis.

Warming up the muscles through dynamic stretching can also help prevent injuries and pain during exercise.

When practiced correctly, these stretches will have you all warmed up and ready for that fitness walk on the treadmill, those laps in the pool, or whatever exercise you choose to do.

Let’s take a look at some simple dynamic stretches that you can start doing today.

These two stretches are ones that you can easily practice at home, or at the gym. And are excellent ways to warm up the upper body.

Ok, so let’s get started.

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DYNAMIC STRETCHES FOR THE UPPER BODY

The following dynamic stretches are recommended by The Arthritis Foundation, Try these seven dynamic stretches that can help you warm up before your next workout.

Arm Circles

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold arms out to the sides, palms down, at shoulder height. Move your arms in circles 20 times in each direction.

Progressively increase the size of the circles as you become more flexible.

Arm Swings

Stand with arms outstretched forward, parallel to the floor with palms facing down.

As you step forward, swing your arms in unison to the right so your left arm is in front of your chest and your fingers point to the right.

Keep the torso and head facing forward; move only at the shoulders. Swing your arms in the opposite direction as you step again.

Repeat five times on each side.

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So there you have it. Two easy dynamic stretches for the upper body that can help warm up the body, increase the range of motion, and lead to a safer more productive workout.

There are also many dynamic stretches that focus on the lower half of the body.

Next week we will take a look at some excellent stretches that will warm up the lower half of the body, including, you guessed it, the knees.

 

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