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2 arm stretches for warming up before exercise

Warming up your body before exercise is vital. You can find the reasons why here. Below you’ll find two arm stretches you can do before exercising. They focus on triceps and deltoids.

Remember to raise your body temperature before you stretch and if you’re in the water, keep your body temperature up between stretches.

Don’t overstretch – your muscle or limb shouldn’t be shaking – and hold each pre-workout stretch for 10 – 15 seconds. If you are looking for leg stretches you can check out our leg stretch videos here.

Arm stretches 1 – triceps

Known as the triceps brachii muscle, it sits at the back of your arm and is responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. You want to ensure your triceps are well warmed up before exercising so here’s what you can do.

  1. Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, place your right hand at the top of your back then gently apply pressure with your left hand so your right hand travels down the spine.
  2. Keep your knees soft, your abdominals tight and your toes pointing forward throughout the stretch.
  3. Repeat on the other arm.

Arm stretches 2 – deltoids

The deltoid muscle is a triangular muscle on the top of your shoulder. You want to ensure your deltoids are well warmed up before exercising so here’s what you can do.

  1. Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, take your right arm across your chest and apply gentle pressure above your elbow with your left hand to draw your right arm further across your chest.
  2. Keep your knees soft, your abdominals tight and your toes pointing forward throughout the stretch.
  3. Repeat on the other arm.
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