Nothing feels better than stretching out tired muscles! Not only does it feel good, but it’s also a great way to improve your flexibility and complete your workouts. With such a wide variety of stretches and conflicting advice out there, it can seem intimidating to start your own stretching routine. But a few simple safety tips can help you get started focusing on your flexibility.
Stand up and hold on to a stable structure, such as a chair, for support. Bend your right leg at the knee to raise your foot toward your bottom. Try to get your heel as close to your buttocks as you comfortably can. Grab your ankle with your right hand, hold for a few seconds, and then lower your foot back to the ground.
Sit in a chair with your feet firmly on the ground and your hands on your head. While keeping your legs and feet facing forward, slowly turn your upper body and head to one side until you are facing a new direction. Hold, and then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat in the opposite direction.
Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Clasp your hands together and slowly reach towards the ceiling, holding your palms upwards. Hold for a few seconds, then gently lower your arms to their starting position.
If you experience muscle strain or injury, visit the experienced orthopedic and primary care physicians at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group. They can also help you modify stretches based on chronic conditions or previous injury and give you tips on how you can optimize your athletic performance.
Healthline | Stretching
American Heart Association | Flexibility Exercise (Stretching)
American Heart Association | Stretching and Flexibility Exercises
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