Stretches for Men

Here are a few good stretches for men that you can do at home or at the gym.

Chest Stretch

While standing or sitting, hold your head straight up. Clasp your hands behind your back and extend your arms. At the same time, try to touch your shoulder blades together in the middle of your back. Hold for six seconds, then release.

Ball Side Stretch

Primary Muscle Group: Abdominals

Muscle Groups Worked in This Exercise:

Preparation: Stand with your feet directly underneath your hips. Hold the ball and extend your arms overhead, remembering to relax your shoulders down away from your ears. Inhale and firm your abs and lengthen your spine.

Breathing: Inhale as you firm your abs and exhale as you bend.

Back Wall Stretch

Primary Muscle Group: Mid Back - Lats

Muscle Groups Worked in This Exercise: Mid Back - Lats

Preparation: Stand 3-4 feet away from a wall straight up and then extend your left arm out reaching out to touch the wall. Your Body will be slightly leaning forward but you should keep your back and head straight up in this position.

Breathing:  Breath normally through the entire stretching movement.

Forearm Stretch

Stretching the forearm can be done at any time, and can help release tension at the desk.  This simple stretch can be done either sitting or standing, and will also work on your biceps. With your back straight, extend one arm in front of you and slowly bend your wrist back. Hold this for about 10 seconds then release and switch sides.

Chest and Deltoid Stretch

While standing extend your arm and place your hand on a wall or other vertical surface. With a stiff arm, rotate your body and shoulder away from the wall. Release and switch sides, then repeat.