Keep going with your stretching and give this modified version of the much-loved Downward-Facing Dog pose a try. You’ll stand while completing the exercise, using the help of a chair.
Just like the floor version, it allows you to build upper body strength while increasing flexibility in your shoulders.
Using a chair activates the triceps and the muscles around your shoulder blades. You may also find that with your knees off the ground, you get better spinal elongation.
Duration: 30 seconds
- Stand with your feet together and hold onto the top of the chair.
- Step one foot back at a time.
- Using the top of the chair for balance, bend from your hips so your whole body creates a 90-degree angle.
- Your back should be flat and straight and your arms should be fully extended out in front of you.
- Hold the stretch.
- Lift your torso, still holding onto the chair.
- Bring one foot forward followed by the next to return to the starting position.
Tomorrow: Get lunge-y with it.
Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago and you can find her on Instagram.