Standing Side Bend

Good for upper back and shoulder blades.

Good for upper back and shoulder blades.

Standing Side Bend, Step-By-Step

Many people hold tension in their sides, even if they are unaware of it. This stretch can be intense, so take it at a comfortable pace for you. For this stretch, you will just need the space to extend your arms fully to the side.

Standing side bend stretch demonstration

Step 1. Begin by standing straight up with your arms down by your side, looking straight ahead for the starting position.

Step 2. Reach your right arm up over your head, and your left arm down towards the ground.

Step 3. Bend and arc over to the left side, allowing your right side to stretch and make space.

Step 4. Continue to reach the arms away from your center.

Step 5. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

Step 6. Repeat the stretch on both sides when done.