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Here is how to open up the sides of the body. This exercise stretches the intercostal muscles, which go between each rib, the latissimus muscles, the external obliques, and the triceps.
  1. Stretch to Your Right
    First, stand with your feet double shoulder width wide, with your hips level.
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      Raise Your Left Arm
      Raise your left arm, and bring it next to your ear. Do not strain. If it does not straighten, continue on with the stretch and work to get the arm straight over time. Do not lift your shoulders, keep them level. Only the arm lifts.
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      Bend to Your Right
      Now, slowly bend to your right. If you cannot support your upper body with your trunk muscles, use your lower hand on the outside of the leg to help, as demonstrated below. It appears in the picture that the hips are not level, however, they are: my shirt is covering over the right hip.
  2. Stretch to Your Left
    Return to center -- stand with your feet double shoulder width wide, with your hips level.
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      Raise Your Right Arm
      After you stretch one side for several moments (the length of time is up to your ability and comfort level), shift and stretch the other side.
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      Bend to Your Left
      In this example, the stretch is shown with no support from the lower arm.
  3. Side Views
    The below pictures show the side views of the stretch.
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      Incorrect! Do Not Lean Back
      Do not lean back as shown.
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      Incorrect! Do Not Lean Forward
      Do not lean back or forward as shown.
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      Correct - Body is Aligned
      This is the correct view from the side of this exercise. Note how the body is aligned from the side.
Disclaimer
It is possible to injure onself in any physical activity. Consult your physician if in doubt about your physical condition before embarking on a stretching program. The author of howtostretch.com accepts no liability for any injuries sustained while practicing any of the stretches described within

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