Stretching is so crucial and just as crucial as your workout. Commit to stretching daily, because having flexibility allows for your body to maintain a greater range of motion, therefore it may actually help prevent injuries. Stretching also reduces soreness, promotes blood circulation and improves performance.
I have been a runner for years, so I find I get tight hip flexors, hamstrings and calves. For me, stretching everyday for at least 20 minutes is just a daily part of my routine. As far as I’m concerned, IT IS A MUST, especially as you age.
A couple of things before you do start….
- DO NOT STRETCH WHEN YOUR MUSCLES ARE NOT WARMED UP
- DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF TOO HARD OR TOO FAR. YOU ARE NOT COMPETING WITH ANYONE, BUT YOU.
- HOLD STRETCHES FOR AT LEAST 20-30 SECONDS FOR THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE
- DO NOT DO IF INJURED-CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FIRST
HERE’S SOME STRETCHES THAT I DO EVERYDAY:
BACK & HAMSTRING STRETCHES:
FOR HIP FLEXORS & LOWER BACK:
& glutes too..
FOR PIRIFORMIS (GLUTE AREA):
Love this one! Gets that little hard to get area of the butt really good!
Make sure to grab top of foot and keep knee bent straight forward.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG:
Great classic Yoga pose that’s a total body stretch.
UPWARD FACING DOG:
Great for hamstrings and back. It also loosens up the shoulders a bit too.
CRESCENT POSE (HIGH LUNGE):
Hip flexors and chest stretch.
PIGEON POSE STRETCH:
Stretches hip flexors and rotators.