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Fresh Start to Fitness: Shoulder stretches using a broomstick

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Your shoulders tend to get tight if we don't use them for several hours, which is something to be aware of especially if you have a desk job, according to Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

Beck says this could have negative effects on your health, if not properly addressed. Beck recommends that you do the following shoulder stretching routine using a broomstick or something similar three to four times per week to keep your shoulder area open and to improve your posture.

1) Rotator Stretch: Stand with your arm out and your forearm pointing upwards at 90 degrees. Place a broomstick in your hand and behind your elbow. Pull the bottom of the broomstick forward with your other hand. Hold for one minute and then repeat on the other side. Do this three times per side.

2) Stick Pull: Hold the broomstick behind your back with your left hand. Gently grasp the other end with your right hand. Pull the stick horizontally to your left side until you feel a pull in the front of your shoulder. Hold for one minute and repeat on the other side. Do this three times per side.

3) Posterior Deltoid Stretch: Stand with your arm out and your forearm pointing downwards at 90 degrees. Place a broomstick in your hand and behind your elbow. With your other hand pull the top of the broomstick forward. Hold for one minute and then switch arms. Do this three times per arm.

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