When performing this stretch, move slowly and smoothly. Exhale gently through pursed lips during the hardest part of the stretch.
- Sit or stand with your head up and shoulders relaxed. Take a deep breath in. This is your starting position.
- Slowly lower your chin forward as you blow out through pursed lips. You should feel a gentle stretch in the back of your neck.
- While inhaling, return your head to the starting position.
- Exhale once again as you slowly move your head to the left and to the right, as if you were shaking your head "no."
- Inhale and return your head to the starting position.
- Exhale and tilt your head toward the left and toward the right, as if your were trying to touch your ear to your shoulder.
- Inhale, returning your head to the starting position.
- Repeat steps 2 through 7 five to 10 times.
- Do not do this exercise if you have any type of neck or spinal injury.
- Remember: If you have COPD, medical supervision is important when starting an exercise program.