This is the simple but effective “gorilla stretch” that targets both forearms together while keeping the wrist in a stable position. Check out the following video and bulleted points to ensure you’re maximizing benefits and minimizing risks!
- Start on your knees with your hands in front of you.
- Adjust your hands so that your palms face up and your wrist is contacting the ground, with fingers pointing back towards you.
- Keeping the wrist flat, slowing begin to move your hips back towards your heels, maintaining straight elbows – no locking – and a neutral spine (natural lower back curve).
- Once you feel a mild-moderate stretch, hold the position for 10-15 seconds.
- Release the stretch momentarily, and then re-engage the muscles under stretch, going a bit further this time.
- Repeat for a total of 3 stretch cycles, and then relax.
This is a stretch everyone can do to help ease the tension of excessive forearm tension, which can be the result of too much computer mouse use, heavy forearm use at work, or even lots of working out or tennis.