Stretching can be the difference between having a really great workout and getting injured. You don’t want to stretch til you hurt something but you want to feel the stretch. Plus, life can be so much more fun when you are flexible. Here is a easy routine that will get you on your way.
Six motions to get your neck stretch out and feeling loose. Hold each position for 15 seconds.
Neck Flexion (Chin to Chest)
Bring your chin down to chest slowly and hold.
Neck Extension (stretch your head back)
Lower your head back as far as you can and hold.
Right and Left Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder)
Bring your ear to your shoulder and hold. Switch to the other side.
Right and Left Rotation (Chin to Shoulder)
Turn your head til your chin is over your shoulder and hold. Switch to the other side.
Stretching your Hamstring
Stand with your back straight, abs flexed, shoulders down and feet hip-width apart. Now bring your left leg forward, heel down, toes up and leg straight. Bend your right knee and support yourself with both hands on your thighs. Keep your back straight. Repeat on the other side.
Stand straight, legs and arms parallel. Brind your left leg up and grab your ankle with your left hand. Keep your thighs parallel and pull your leg up to your butt or as far as you can and hold. Repeat on the other side.
Chest and Biceps Stretch
Stand straight and interlace your fingers behind your back while keeping your arms straight. Lift your arms while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10-15 seconds and release.
Shrug your shoulders to your ears and hold tight for a couple seconds and release. Repeat about 10 times.
Standing Triceps Stretch
Back straight and hold on to your left elbow with your right hand. Pull your left elbow to the center of your back and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat with other elbow.
Get on all fours with a flat back. Flex your abs and curl your back towards the ceiling. Keep your head and neck loose and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 4 more times.
Stay healthy, stay flexible and most of all keep it fun.