Stretching is such a huge component of fitness. Stretching may increase your flexibility and improve the range of motion in your joints. To keep my muscles limber I try to stretch daily. We all have time to stretch, so don’t give me any excuses
If you are watching TV try stretching at commercials, take 5 minutes at work to get up from your chair and so some stretches (you can even stretch seated), teach your kids some of the stretches you know and have them join you.
Here are some of the stretches that I have been loving over the past few weeks:
Downward Facing Dog this stretch is great for improving flexibility in the calves, hamstrings, & shoulders. I even feel some lower back relief if my back is tight.
Straddle Stretch targets the back, legs, & thighs. If I have tight inner thighs I love to do this stretch.
FIgure 4 hips, glutes, & piriformis muscles (There are many variations of this stretch, you can do this lying flat, standing, or seated in a chair)
Hamstring stretch (lying flat) targets the hamstrings, this stretch may even help or alleviate some sciatica pain
What are your favorite stretches??
**Before beginning a new stretching routine consult your Doctor first**