I'm Jeremy Shore for livestrong.com, and these are exercises to relieve tight shoulders muscles. Tight shoulders can limit your range of motion when performing certain exercises which can result in pain and injury. Tight shoulders are usually the result of an imbalance between the pectorals and scapula retractors, placing the shoulders in a compromise position when lifting. Overactive or tight pecs pull the shoulders forward while the elongated weak rhomboids fight to pull the shoulders back. Try these three moves, a chest opening resistance stretch, arm circles for mobility and cobras to strengthen the scapula retractors. For our first exercise we'll utilize a ki-hara resistance stretch to strengthen and lengthen the chest muscles. So, we'll take two Yoga blocks; position them slightly wider than shoulder width apart, placing our hands on top of the blocks and getting into a push up position. From here, drawing our hands towards one another and slightly rotating them outwards, maintaining a long and tight body. We'll lower ourselves as we resist, with the pecs all the way down to the ground at the bottom, lifting the chin, taking advantage of the full range of motion. Return by sitting back onto your knees, then coming back into starting position and repeat. Drawing the hands towards one another, rotating the palms outward slightly, resisting all, that should take five to six seconds to lower yourself all the way to the ground and then repeat. Perform six to eight repetitions, then move into a mobility exercise called arm circles. We'll stand up tall or sit on your knees, chest up, palms facing upwards. Medium size circles can be performed backwards, retracting the shoulders during each revolution. After repeating for ten repetitions, face the palms downward, now we'll rotate forward for ten. Now, we'll finish by strengthening the opposing muscles on your back with a cobra exercise. Come down onto your mat, face down, gluts are tight, chin's pulled in, hands can be out to the sides, palm down. From here, we're going to retract the shoulder blades and depress them as we bring the hands back over your gluts and then return to starting position. So, rotating the thumbs up, bringing the backs of the hands towards one another, squeezing the shoulder blades down and back, squeezing your gluts to protect your low back. Return to the starting position, repeat for 12 to 15 repetitions for two to three sets. I'm Jeremy Shore for livestrong.com, and this has been exercises to combat tight shoulders.