This is one of the most important self-stretches that one can do on a regular basis. The pectoralis muscle group is probably the most commonly over-worked, shortened, pathologically tight, or overlooked muscle. This simple and effective stretch for your chest muscles can be done almost anywhere. Check out the following video and bulleted points to ensure you’re maximizing benefits and minimizing risks!

  • Stand close to a wall or corner of a wall.
  • Place your arm up against the wall, with your elbow above your shoulder.
  • Slowly turn your body away, and feel yourself drop away from your arm and shoulder.
  • Feel the mild tension in the chest and deep in the front shoulder – that’s the pectoralis minor muscle being stretched.
  • Hold for 15 seconds, and switch sides.

This stretch can be very useful for relieving tension in the chest muscles and helping to reverse upper crossed syndrome, poor posture, and overworked chest and shoulder muscles. Everybody should be doing this exercise regularly throughout the day.