At the end of the day maybe the last thing you want to do is exercise….but, maybe this will let you have a better night’s sleep or destress your body a little. Even if you only do 1 or 2 of them it may help you a lot. With these easy stretches, you can do them in your truck or outside if you like, Just be careful not to overdo it.
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1. Neck Stretches
Reaching over your head, grab the opposite ear and gently pull it towards the shoulder doing the reaching. This should relieve neck tension and upper shoulder tightness. Repeat with your opposite arm. The first time it may be hard but with time you will notice a bit of improvement
2. Hamstring Square
Facing your truck, press the heels of your hands against the truck, step back, and bend at the waist to form a right angle with your body and legs. You should feel a stretch in your hamstrings and your spine.
3. Wrist Bend
Bracing your fingers on the steering wheel, bend your wrists forward and backward—stretching your wrists and bringing life to your forearms. For an even deeper stretch, try lightly bending back each individual finger when your ready
4. Classic Lunge
With toes pointing in the same direction, take a large step forward with one leg. Bend your front leg at the knee and slowly sink your body down until comfortable, making sure not to let the front knee go beyond the front toes. Repeat, slowly, with the other leg, or try a walking lunge. For balance, try keeping your hands on your hips. If that is too much all at once take smaller steps
5. Arm Rotation
Standing beside your truck (facing the front or rear of the truck), place one palm, with fingers pointed up, against the side of your truck. With your arm extended and slightly bent, rotate your body away from the truck. You will feel the stretch in your arms and chest. Repeat with the opposite arm.
7. Chest Pull
Pressing both hands on your upper chest, bring your chin upwards and gently move your head away from your hands. You should feel a stretch in your upper chest and neck.
Until next time!