Back Stretching Exercises - Upper Back Stretches | Lower Back Stretches
Why back stretching exercises are so important for back health
Stretch your Back for flexibility with these Back Stretching Exercises. Many athletes overlook them but they are real essential for back flexibility and Injury Prevention before Weight Training Workouts.
Back Stretching is the most overlooked part of any sport, workout or even life. If you see how crucial Back Stretching Exercises are for overall flexibility and preventing Training Injuries you will be surprised why you never did them.
"Want to live a back pain free life? Go stretching". - Exercisegoals.com
Why Stretch your Back?
For the purpose of this article we can break the back stretches in to Upper Back Stretches and Lower Back Stretches. You can perform them one after another calling it a total Back Stretching Workout.
It is essential you loosen your neck and torso with these stretches first - Neck Rolls and Side Bends .
Upper Back Stretches
1. Sitting Upper and Mid back stretch
1. Sit on the floor with legs bent at your knees. Get knees closer to chest, and wrap your arms around your knees so that you clutch yourself tightly.
2. You can increase the stretch by bending your neck and bringing it closer to your knees.
3. Now rock back and forth, taking deep breathes all the while.
You can transfer the weight from hips to feet and vice versa while rocking.
2. Hanging Stretches / Chin Ups Stretch
This Stretch is just like the regular Stretches you perform. Most of us do a set or tow or chin ups before we begin actual training. Why not turn this in to a Back Stretching exercise too.
Perform chin ups as you would regularly do but at the and hold at the bottom position fro 15-20 seconds. This will stretch you upper back and whole upper body.
Lower Back Stretches -
Extra Back Stretches
Stretch # 1 -
Bent Knee Back Stretch
For Stretching times, durations and other basics read Stretching Exercises - The Basics Section.
More Stretching Exercises
Click here to find out more on The Stretching Handbook.