Ok, so we all know that stretching is good for your health. But, I want to know how many of us actually stretch on a normal basis. I guess my real question is, do you treat your level of flexibility with its own workout regimen? Well, you should. No, scratch that, you must. You see not only is stretching regularly important for preventing injury in the future, but it also plays a role in how we look and feel now. A flexible body is one that can go longer in the gym, run farther, bike faster, swim easier, walk taller, and flat out live BETTER! Being flexible means being better equipped for just about everything you can possibly think of. That’s why it is so important to lock down a 5-10 minute routine and do it EVERY day. Best part is, you don’t have to go to a specific place to do it. How about starting with every night on your living room floor in front of the tv? As a matter of fact, this is exactly where I suggest it. So many of us spend a good bit of time in front of the tube daily. Why not take advantage of this time to execute a routine that will improve your very existence? Anyone can do this, and everyone should! So PHW has searched for some of the best exercise you can do for your flexibility. And, don’t overcomplicate it, all you need to remember is to hold each stretch for 10 seconds and let the routine last for 5-10 minutes.
Flexibility is defined as- the distance of motion of a joint, which may be increased by stretching. So here goes some awesome exercises to help achieve a better you!
Stretch #1 Shoulder & Chest
Do this by kneeling or standing. Clasp hands behind back and straighten arms. Raise hands as high as possible and bend forward from the waist and hold.
Stretch #2 Glute Stretch
Lay on your back on floor with right leg bent, place right foot over left leg. Place left and right hands on left leg so arms can be used to push left leg into chect. Hold and repeat for other side.
Stretch #3 Single Leg Hamstring
Place one leg out straight and bend the other so your foot is flat into your thigh. Bend forward from the waist keeping your back flat. Hold and repeat with the other leg.
Stretch #4 Standing Quadriceps
Standing on one leg grab the bottom of one leg (just above ankle). Pull heel into buttocks and push the hips out. Your thigh should be perpendicular to the ground. Hold and repeat with the other leg.
Stretch #5 Standing Calf
Place feet in front of each other about 18 inches apart. Keep back leg straight and heel on the floor. Push against a wall to increase the stretch. Hold and repeat with other leg.