Bear Hug Stretch

How to Perform: Begin with your arm straight out to your side at shoulder height. Then cross both arms across the opposite side of your body as if you were trying to give yourself a big hug. Try to grab onto the back of your shoulders and squeeze, rounding your shoulders and holding for 5 seconds. Let go- and swing your arms out to the side opening up your chest.
Why Perform this Stretch: This exercise will allow for a stretch of your upper back as well as your posterior shoulder muscles. Both of these muscle groups are more important for any arm-type activities, for example, base/softball, tennis/ pickleball, swimming, etc…
Please Note: Reach and grab to the point where you feel a comfortable stretch. Try to grab further onto your shoulders each time.