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7 Early-Morning Stretches to Build a Better Body


Apr. 22, 2015 Men's Fitness

Calf Stretch

Standing shoulder-length apart put your hands on a wall or chair. Keep your heels on the ground and knees straight while leaning into the chair or wall.

Complete: 3-5 sets x 30 seconds.

The calf stretch relieves foot, shin, hip, and knee pain, and can safeguard the Achilles tendon.

Quadriceps Stretch

Standing feet together and hips straight, bend your right knee back and take the front of your right foot in your right hand. Keep your knees even as you bend your right knee back. Continue to keep your body straight as you hold this stretch, feeling it on the top of the quadriceps.

Complete: 3-5 sets x 30 seconds.

Stretching the quads can help improve knee and back pain in addition to improving circulation and even help reduce stress.

Shoulder Stretch

Stand shoulder-width apart, raise your right arm to shoulder height, and move it across the front of your body. With your left arm pull the right arm as close to the chest as possible and hold. Switch arms and repeat.

Complete: 3-5 sets x 30 seconds.

The shoulder is one of the most delicate joints in the body, this shoulder stretch helps improve flexibility and mobility.

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