Pam’s 5-minute Stretching Routine for Writers

Each stretch should be done gently for 30 seconds unless otherwise indicated.

  • Take a deep breath
  • Roll your shoulders backwards 5 times
  • Roll your shoulders forwards 5 times
  • Reach your right arm upward, pointing your hand straight up then bend the arm at the elbow to let your hand drop and rest between your shoulder blades. Gently grasp the elbow which is now pointing to the sky with your free hand and pull gently.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Bring your right arm across your chest and pull it gently towards your body with your left forearm.
  • Repeat on other side.
  • Stretch your right arm forwards, wrist pointing upwards. Pushing your right wrist away from your body, grasp your right palm with your left hand and pull gently towards your body.
  • Repeat on other side
  • Clasp your hands together, wrists facing your body. Push away from your body, straightening your arms as you do so. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed – don’t hunch.
  • Join your hands behind your back in a prayer position (or as close to that as possible) and push your fingertips gently upwards towards the middle of your shoulder blades.
  • Now go and have a cup of tea.

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