Standing Wall Angels

Beginner Level of Difficulty

This is an upper body mobility exercise that helps to stretch open the chest and shoulders and increase the range of motion in the shoulder joint.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


Picture of Shoulders

Shoulders

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Picture of Hamstrings

Hamstrings

The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

Exercise Instructions


standing wall angels - step 1

Step 1

Stand up against the wall with your arms at a 90 degree angle and level with your shoulders while maintaining contact against the wall with your tailbone and shoulder blades.

standing wall angels - step 2

Step 2

Raise your arms above your head trying to keep your elbows and wrists as close to the wall as possible.

standing wall angels - step 3

Step 3

Lower your arms to the starting position and repeat.