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Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Doorway to Flexibility

This flexibility exercise is so simple, you won't believe you haven't tried it. It stretches your chest muscles, and all it requires is one handy-dandy doorway.

Lift your arms up to shoulder height, extended straight out to your sides. (Pretend you're an airplane.) Turn your palms to the front so they're perpendicular to the floor. Got it? Then step up to the doorway and let your upper arms touch the door jambs.

Now... just lean forward. You don't have to push or force things here; it's a very gentle stretch. Just let your weight leaning against the doorway stretch your chest muscles.

You may want to let your arms "droop" a little; for some of us, that takes some pressure off the neck and shoulders and makes the stretch more comfortable.

Simple, huh? You might be surprised at how much it can help relax your upper body. Besides the benefits to your golf swing, it might even help you breathe better.


  1. You're right, it really stretches the shoulders and chest muscles, gently. I've kind of done this while leaning against a golf cart.

  2. I'm really big on the "gently" aspect of stretching and strengthening. Most weekend players would find it easier to get in decent shape if they just didn't try so hard. It's better to get in shape slowly, so you feel good after exercising, than to do so much that you hurt yourself. That's a sure way to doom your efforts.

    And thanks for the golf cart tip. I think good exercises can be done many ways; and the more ways we know, the less likely we are to quit exercising because we got bored.