5 stretches you can do everyday! 

Many of my clients say they don’t stretch enough. We have this problem because we find working out more important, we have limited time or we get bored with stretching. But stretching is really important. Try stretching every day for just 5 minutes and see what kind of difference it makes in your body!

1. Spine stretch forward: 

This is a great stretch because it stretched your hamstrings, lower back and works your abs. Start with feet mat width apart, feet flexed, arms straight out in front of you parallel to the floor. Inhale sit as tall as you can. Exhale round forward reaching your lower back, back in opposition, your nose between your knees and your fingertips past your toes. Inhale sit tall. Repeat 5 times.

2. Hip stretch (supine pigeon):  

Lie on your back knees into your chest. Cross one ankle over the other thigh. Reach through your legs to grab the back of your thigh or the front of your shin for a deeper stretch. Flex the top foot.

3. Shoulder stretch 

Start on your hands and knees in table position. Thread one arm under to reach through and lie gently on your shoulder. Rest the head to the mat.

4. Hamstring stretch: 

Lie on your back with one leg straight up to the sky. Walk the hands up to your ankle, calf or wherever you can reach and rest your head. Pull back toward your head. If it is hard to reach use a strap or towel. Take the leg out to the side and across your body and try bending and stretching the leg to the sky.

5. Thigh stretch: 

Stand with your back to a wall or the back of your couch. Press the top of your foot against the wall and press it in while reaching your hips forward in opposition. Try bending the standing knee.

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