Step back with overhead reach

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This stretch is for the muscles that run along the front of your torso. You should feel this stretch in your hip flexors, abdominals, and chest. To do this stretch, follow these steps:

1. Stand tall with your feet together, your abdominals and chest lifted, your shoulders back, and your shoulder blades down (see Figure 12-5a).

2. Inhale and as you exhale, lunge back with your left leg and reach your left arm up and back (see Figure 12-5b).

To feel a deeper stretch in your hip flexor, tuck your pelvis under as you step back.

3. Inhale and bring your foot and arm back to starting position.

4. Repeat this exercise with your right leg and arm.

5. Repeat the stretch six to eight more times.

As you get stronger, work your way up to two sets of eight.

Figure 12-5:

The step back lunge with overhead reach.

Figure 12-5:

The step back lunge with overhead reach.

A few do's and don'ts for this stretch:

i Do keep your spine long, even as you reach up and back. 1 Don't twist or reach to the side.

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