Sometimes it feels like a waste of time to stretch after working out. But stretching is probably the most important part of fitness. Even when you’re not working out, stretching on a daily basis is a healthy habit. Stretching helps with your flexibility, range of motion and helps to prevent injuries. It relaxes your muscles and increases blood flow and nutrients to your cartilage and muscles. We selected the best full-body stretching exercises that will help you loosen up.
The Runner’s Stretch
– Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor.
– Breathe in, then, in one motion, exhale as you straighten your right leg. Slowly return to the lunge position. Repeat four times and switch sides.
The Standing Side Stretch
– Stand straight up with your feet together and your hands above your head. Clasp your hands together with your fingers interlaced and your pointer fingers extended towards the sky. Inhale as you reach upward.
– Breath out as you bend your upper body to the right. Stay in that position for five short breaths. Return to the center and repeat on the left side.
The Forward Hang
– Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back. If your arms don’t reach that far, you can hold on to a towel or a piece of clothing. Breath in and straighten your arms to expand your chest.
– Exhale and bend forward at your waist and let your hands stretch to your head. Hold this position for five deep breaths.
The Seated Back Twist
– Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you and your hands on the floor, pointing outward. Bend your right knee and step your right foot over your left leg. Bend your left elbow and turn to the right, placing the back of your arm against your right knee. Inhale as you sit.
– Exhale as you turn, pressing your arm into your leg and looking over your right shoulder. Hold for five breaths, then return to the center and switch sides.
The Bound Angle
– Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, bringing your knees towards the ground. Hold your shins as you inhale and sit up straight.
– Exhale as you bend forward from your hips. Make sure to keep your back straight. Place your palms on the ground and hold for five deep breaths.