Wrist and Neck Rolls
I am known for pre- and post- stretching. I strongly believe in stretching the body for a good 15 to 20 minutes before and after every workout.
Some people may not think about doing these type of stretches, but I highly recommend stretching the neck and wrists. Especially the wrists, after doing push-ups. Pull your thumb towards your inner wrist to give your fingers as well as your wrist a nice stretch. Then pull the remaining other 4 fingers backwards to the outer wrist. Hold these stretches for a good 15 – 20 seconds. If you are a beginner, hold for about 5 – 8 seconds so you won’t strain your hand. It won’t be as flexible as you are just starting out.
When you do your neck rolls, roll your neck at least 7 times backwards and forwards. Then stretch it to one side, extending your arm down the opposite side your side of your body to give the side of the neck a good stretch. Then repeat this step for the other side of your neck, but with the opposite arm stretching down the other side of the body. Hold each stretch for about 10 – 15 seconds. This feels really good and wakens up the body.
Good luck with these stretches, and may your wrists and neck get stronger each day!
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