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Jan 16, 2011

Triceps stretch

We often focus so much on stronger biceps that we fail to realise the importance of stretching the tricep muscles. They are a small, but important part of your body that help stabilise your shoulders and your biceps. Use the following exercises to stretch your tricep muscles before, during and after your triceps workout. Take care that you hold your triceps stretch for at least 10 to 20 seconds to get the maximum benefit.

Seated triceps stretch

Sit cross-legged with your back straight up. Bend your right arm at the elbow and touch the top of your shoulder blade with your fingers. Reach over the top of your head with your left hand and gently push your right elbow to increase the tension on the tricep muscles. Pause for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat the stretch for your left tricep muscle using your right arm.

Theraband seated stretch

Sit cross-legged, and wrap the elastic band (Theraband) around both hands. Stretch the band diagonally behind your back with your left hand close to the floor and your right arm at the base of your neck. Pull the lower arm gently to create the stretch in the triceps area of the upper arm. Hold the stretch for 10 counts and release. Repeat the same on the other side.

Foam roller stretch

Take the foam roller and lie down on the floor with your knees bent. Balance your triceps on the roller and bend your forearms upwards. Make sure you don’t strain your back. Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed. Hold the stretch for a count of 10 and then move slowly back and forth to increase the intensity of the stretch.

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