Easy Stretches When You Have a Quick Break

Author: Shannon Miller

During a busy and stressful day, do you ever just feel like doing something that can take your mind off of things?

Taking a nap or going for a run are often not plausible options in the middle of the day, but there are other alternatives…like stretching!  Stretching is great for your muscles, as well as your mind – it gives you time to slow down your rapidly moving thoughts!  Challenge yourself this week to take a stretching break in between that end of the day board meeting and early evening soccer practice!

Check out how much better you feel after some of these simple stretches:

Wrist Rolls
Wrist Rolls
(for all of you texters!)

  • Stand or sit with back straight.
  • Keep shoulders rolled down and back.
  • Roll fists in a circle, gently.
  • Move clockwise, then reverse.

Triceps Stretch

Triceps Stretch

  • Begin with both arms over head.
  • Bend your left arm at the elbow, holding the elbow with your right hand.
  • Gently pull your left elbow behind your head until you feel a stretch.
  • Hold 15-30 seconds.  Repeat on opposite side.

Side LungeSide Lunge

  • Begin in a standing position with feet apart at approximately a 45 degree angle.
  • Shift weight toward your left leg.
  • Bend your left leg until you feel the stretch.
  • Hold 15-30 seconds.  Repeat on opposite side.
TIP: For some other great stretching ideas, check out Shannon Miller’s Stretching To-Go!
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