Good day wonderful people. You will never believe the internet troubles I’ve been having since Thursday night! Thanks to that I was unable to post on Friday, so I apologize! While my internet’s still not working 100% I’m still going to attempt to connect using my phone as a hotspot for just long enough to put up this post. There’s also a guy coming today to fix my interwebs, I’m going crazy without it! Do you know how much I rely on my internet? For e-mail, gaming, SHOPPING… I can’t shop! I had to shop on my phone the other day to get my daughters Christmas gift on sale. Very irritating!
Anyways down to business, today’s blog is all about improving your lower flexibility. I’ve put together a few stretches you can add in to the routine you have already. Best done after cardio (Remember, never stretch cold muscles) they’re easy and feel great. Remember, I’m not a fitness instructor (yet) so follow the following exercises at your own risk, and don’t forget pushing yourself is good, but not to the point where you may potentially injure your muscles.
The first stretch is the basic toe touch!
With feet apart, around hip width, maybe a little wider if you are just starting, bend down until you feel a stretch in the back of your legs.
If you don’t feel that stretch try standing your feet a little closer together, the closer they are the harder the stretch is.
Hold for 30 seconds, don’t forget to breath!
The next stretch is the deep glute stretch. I really enjoy this one! The pictures to the right is the same leg being stretched, just from two angles just to give you a better idea of what you’re doing.
So lay on your back, cross your leg onto your knee, the arm on the same side of the crossed leg goes through the hole in the middle, your other arm holds onto the outside.
Now you want to pull back the leg you’re hanging onto until you feel the stretch through your glute of the crossed leg.
Hold for 30 seconds and then switch legs and repeat!
This is called the cross over hamstring stretch. Again the picture is one leg from two angles to give you a better idea of the stretch.
So with one leg straight, cross the opposite leg over and then you’re going to want to reach out on the same side as the standing leg.
Reach as far as you can, remember to breath, and then when you think you can’t reach any further, breath out slowly and reach further! Do it! I know you can!
Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat!
The next is the butterfly stretch, and the seated hip stretch.
The butterfly stretch it’s pretty straight forward, feet together and try to pull your knees to the floor using your muscles, not your arms.
The seated hip stretch is not a contest to see if you can touch your head to your feet, I can touch my head to my feet, but the point of this stretch is to push your chest down as far as you can until you feel the stretch in your hip sockets
Hold each of these poses for 30 seconds each!
Lastly are a hamstring and oblique stretch, and a hamstring stretch.
With the hamstring oblique stretch make sure your chest is facing outward as much as possible, less than it is to the floor. You’ll feel a nice stretch through your side and your hamstring. Remember to switch legs after you’re done holding that pose for 30 seconds.
After is the basic hamstring stretch. Again this is another move in which it’s less about getting your head to your leg, mainly because that’s simple with the help of your neck, really you want to be touching your chest to your leg as much as you can. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch legs!
And that’s it! If you want to go even further with your stretches you can include the thigh stretch, inner thigh stretch, hip flexor stretch and go into your front splits. All of these are included in my Pole cool down routine which you can find here!
Until tomorrow mes amours!