6 Stretches for Walking or Waiting in Line
How can you improve your flexibility and feel looser and more relaxed in five minutes while you’re on the move?
Try Walking Mobility.
I’m that guy that uses his shopping cart as a stretching device at the supermarket. You don’t have to perform this routine in public, but you’ll see opportunities. Walking at work. Shopping at the grocery store. Refueling at a rest stop. Waiting for a plane.Are you limber like a baby or stiff as a dead man? Feel a little younger, prevent an injury, and move efficiently by improving your flexibility.
Walking/Waiting Mobility Habit
The following stretches can all be performed while walking except the optional finishers, which you can save for the end of a walk.
Hold each of the stretches for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Use 2 minutes as your standard for when you want to substantially improve your flexibility in that area over time. Use 30 seconds when you just want to loosen up a bit. Otherwise, just listen to your body and stretch for as long as you like.
Repeat stretches that target one side on the other side before moving on to the next stretch.
Standing Shoulder Stretch
Stand upright. Place the top of your left wrist behind your left hip.
Grab your left elbow with your right hand.
Pull gently with your right hand using your left hand on your hip as a lever to stretch your shoulder.
Standing Rear Shoulder Stretch
Raise your left arm horizontally across your chest.
Grab your left elbow with your right hand or your right forearm for a deeper stretch (pictured).
Pull gently with your right hand/forearm to stretch your left rear shoulder.
Retract Shoulders Chest Stretch
Place both fists behind your back with your knuckles touching your rear hips.
Push your chest out, pull your shoulders back, and use your hands/hips as levers to stretch your chest.
Standing Wrist Stretches
|With open hands grab your left hand with your right hand in an overhand grip. Extend your left arm until it straightens (next picture).||Gently pull your left hand in the opposite direction as you extend your elbow straighter to stretch your wrist and forearm.||Optionally, finish by placing both wrists together to stretch your wrists in the opposite direction.|
Walk Finisher Stretches
If you have time at the end of your walk, use the following stationary stretches to round out your mobility session.
Hamstring Hinge Stretch
|Stand upright with legs locked and arms extended straight overhead.||Hinge forward at your hips and reach your hands out as far as possible as you fold.|
Touch your hands to your toes, shins, or knees to feel a stretch in your hamstrings.
Front Shoulder Stretch
|Find a solid object at hip height to grab like a table, a desk, a chair. Place your hands on top of the object.||Hinge forward at your hips until your upper body is perpendicular with the floor to stretch your front shoulders..|
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohm