Learn Easy Flexibility Exercises For Every Body Part
Having a repertoire of flexibility exercises is essential whether you are just starting a new fitness program or have been training for years. Every type of
is more enjoyable when you maintain a high level of
. You won’t be as prone to injury and your ability to try new things and keep your fitness routine interesting will be enhanced.
Start With The Basics
There are lots of different ways you can stretch. To start, it’s a good idea to learn
that address every area of your body. As you learn more techniques, you will build your own set of favorite stretches that leave you feeling both relaxed and energized.
Remember to do a warm up (to the point of sweating lightly) prior to stretching. That way, your muscles won’t be too tight. Here are some basic lower body moves you can use every day as part of your flexibility training:
Place a chair 2.5-3 feet in front of you with the chair’s seat facing away from you. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Bend forward from your waist keeping your back straight. Fold your arms and rest them across the chair back. Rest your forehead on your crossed arms. Bend your knees just enough that they are not locked. Relax your back so that all the tension from this stretch moves into your hamstrings. Hold for 1 minute, breathing deeply. Repeat 3 times with a 30 second rest between each repetition.
Stand sideways next to a wall. Reach out and brace yourself against the wall with one hand and bend both knees slightly. Pick up the leg furthest from the wall and bring your heel up to your butt. Grab your ankle with the hand not braced on the wall. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Then, put your foot down and switch your position to do this stretch on the opposite side. Repeat twice more on each side.
Lower Back Stretch
Stand with your feet at shoulder width and your knees slightly bent. Place the palms of your hands on your lower back with your fingers pointing toward the floor. Use your hands to brace yourself as you lean backward as far as you comfortably can. Press your inner thighs together and squeeze your buttocks together to stabilize yourself. This will allow you to lean back a little further. Hold for 1 second and then straighten up. Repeat 9 more times. Next, bend fully forward (letting your back curve) and relax naturally as you reach for the floor. This is one of the best flexibility exercises to do several times per day if you have a desk job!
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