Improve Flexibility with These 6 Stretches

No matter what part of the body you are working out, or what exercise you are doing, it is important to stretch both before and after. Even if you are not exercising, it is crucial for you to stretch every day. Stretching helps reduce tightness, improve flexibility and make your workouts safer and more efficient,. The following are a list of easy stretches that will help your movement and flexibility.

Hamstring Stretch

This stretch helps your back, calves, glutes, neck and, of course, hamstrings.

Follow these steps:

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms by your sides, and knees slightly bent.
  2. Bend forward at the hips, while lowering your head towards your feet. Keep shoulders, head and neck relaxed.
  3. Wrap your arms around the backs of your legs and hold that position for 45 seconds – 2 minutes.
  4. Bend your knees as you roll back to an upright position.

Lunge with Spinal Twist

This stretch helps your back, hip flexors and quads. Follow these steps:

  1. After starting with your feet together, take a big step forward with your left foot (staggered stance).
  2. Bend the left knee and drop into a lunge, while keeping the right leg straight behind you so that you can stretch out the right thigh.
  3. Place your right hand on the floor and twist your upper body to the left as you extend your left arm upward.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds – 2 minutes.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Triceps Stretch

This stretch helps your triceps, back, neck and shoulder. Follow these steps:

  1. You can do this stretch kneeling, sitting or standing tall. Pick the one that is the most comfortable for you.
  2. Bend your right elbow and reach your right hand to touch the top middle of your back.
  3. Reach the left hand overhead and grasp it beneath the right elbow.
  4. Gently pull your right elbow down and toward your head.
  5. Switch arms and repeat.

Extended Puppy Pose

This stretch helps your glutes, back and shoulders. Follow these steps:

  1. Start on all fours and walk your arms forward/out.
  2. Push your hips up and back toward your heels halfway.
  3. Push through the palms of your hands to keep your arms straight and engaged.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds – 2 minutes.

Sphinx Pose

This stretch helps your shoulders, chest and lower back. Follow these steps:

  1. Start the stretch on your stomach with your legs straight behind you.
  2. Place elbows under your shoulders and your forearms on the floor as you lift your chest up off the floor.
  3. Press your thighs and hips to the floor, all the while straightening/lengthening your spine.
  4. Sit up enough to feel a good stretch in your lower back.

Neck Stretch

This stretch helps your neck. Follow these steps:

  1. This stretch can either be done sitting down or standing up.
  2. Drop your right ear to your right shoulder.
  3. If you want to deepen the stretch, gently press down on your head with your right hand.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds – 2 minutes.
  5. Repeat for the left side of the neck.

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