This stretch starts on the floor, in a high pushup position with hands about shoulder-width apart. Then lift your right arm and point toward the ceiling. (Picture yourself making a long straight line from hand to hand.)
Lower your right arm and change to your left arm, making the same straight line. Do two sets of 10-12 repetitions, switching arms.
Try all 12 Jump Start videos
Do the Prone Sky Reach by itself or check out all 12 of the MoveWell® Jump Start Daily Dozen videos presented by HAP.
Each short video features one exercise taught by physical therapist Sherry McLaughlin, who has a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She’s also the president and founder of the Michigan Institute of Human Performance.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
What makes Jump Start so great?
- It’s easy!
- By training your body to move the right way, you often can get rid of pain.
- Each move takes no more than two minutes.
- You don’t need any equipment.
- Do these moves any place – in your living room or outside.
- A few moves a day can help you get stronger and be pain-free.
Use proper form
The exercises target muscle imbalances that can cause small pains and lopsidedness, like having one shoulder higher than the other. The right body position is key to healthy movement. Watch the video completely, then repeat the move yourself. Remember: Do only what you can while keeping up proper form.
Good for all
These exercises were carefully picked to build up key parts of body rotation: ankles, hips and the middle of your back. Whether you’re a casual walker or an endurance athlete, these exercises can help you feel better in your more vulnerable spots.