Side bends are a simple way to target the upper and lower body. Prepare to do them daily, says Lynne Cantwell

Side bends execute good posture alignment, enable you to stretch out muscles that often don’t get as much attention or release with traditional flexion and extension (forward and backward movement) stretches but also improve ankle, knee and hip stability.

Stand with your back against a wall to aid alignment and place your hands lightly at the sides of your head.

Flex your knees and bend to the right as far as you can without leaning forward.

Return to the start position and repeat to the left.

» Lynne Cantwell is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in sport at