Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 240- Scarecrow with Arms and Elbows

This exercise continues to strengthen the back of the shoulder for postural benefit of the thoracic spine.

To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start by lying on your belly with your legs lengthened long beneath you.  Place your elbows to the side of the body directly in line with your shoulders, and allow your forearms to be placed at a right angle to the elbows.  Inhale as you press your elbows into the ground to lift your forearms and then exhale as you maintain the angles of your forearms as you lift the elbows.  Inhale place the elbows back to the ground and then exhale as you allow the hands and forearms to release to the floor.  Repeat 6-8 times

Things to think about
Your going to look at the pictures for this exercise and you might say to yourself, “That doesn’t look so hard.”  At least that’s what I said to myself when I was learning this exercise.  You will be surprised by the challenged to the front of your shoulders.

This is a great exercise to do in a different relationship to gravity.  Try it while sitting at you desk.

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