This is a stretch with variable names, such as side bend, we call it sideways. This is stretching your body sideways, as opposed to forwards, and is intended to work different muscles and increase your overall flexibility. This is one of the most overlooked stretching exercises, most people are not flexible when moving to the side.
What this is good for:
Building flexibility and strength in your obliques and hips. Your shoulder stability and strength will also improve.
How to practice:
- There are many ways you can practice this stretch, including standing, sitting or even lying down. It is an exercise where you can use a wall or the floor very productively.
- Technique is important, as it is easy to stretch into a poor position, risking injury, and doing more harm than good.
- Remember the breath when performing this!