2 Easy Stretches that are Relaxing each day: Stretching when your muscles are warm has a number of benefits including: Building greater flexibility overall. Relaxation and stress relief. Helping your body get back to its pre-exercise state. Giving both your mind and body a chance to reflect and ... Read Full Post
2 Easy Stretches that are Relaxing each day:
Stretching when your muscles are warm has a number of benefits including:
Building greater flexibility overall.
Relaxation and stress relief.
Helping your body get back to its pre-exercise state.
Giving both your mind and body a chance to reflect and feel the impact of the stretches you just did.
The great thing about stretching is that you don't have to spend a lot of time on the exercises to get the benefits. This total body flexibility workout proves it with stretches so simple, you can do them anywhere - After a workout, at work, or even when you're watching TV.
These exercises promote flexibility, coordination and relaxation and, after a long day, they just feel good to your body.
Most of us probably don't spend nearly enough time doing good things for our minds and bodies each day, making this workout a must if that's one of your goals.
This workout targets 2 of the major muscles of the body, including those that are chronically tight like the hips, and legs. Try these exercises after a workout or anytime throughout the day to feel good and get rid of any extra tension you may be carrying around.
See your doctor if you have any medical conditions, illnesses or injuries
A chair or bench
Begin with a 5-10 minute warm-up of light cardio or do this after a workout or a bath when your muscles are warm.
Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds and repeat for 1-3 times.
Try to stretch every day if you can for better results.
Avoid any exercises that cause pain or discomfort and only stretch as deep as you can. The stretch shouldn't hurt, it should feel good. If your muscles are shaking, you need to back off a bit and let your muscles relax more.
1 Quad Stretch
Stand and hold onto a wall for balance if needed. Grab the top of the right foot and bend your knee, bringing the foot towards the glutes, knee pointing straight at the floor. You should feel a stretch right down the front of your leg. Squeeze your hips forward for a deeper stretch. Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch sides, repeating 1-3 times.
2 Standing Hamstring Stretch
Take your left foot forward and tip from the hips, keeping the back flat. Lower down until you feel a stretch in the back of the leg. Rest the hands on the upper thighs to give your back some support.
If you feel shaky or your hamstrings are tight, try using a resistance band to give you more leverage.
Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch sides, repeating 1-3 times.