STRETCHING EXERCISE FOR FLEXIBILITY
So what stretches can you do to loosen up your body and get all these benefits? Well, here are 5 to begin with:
1. Standing hamstring stretch
This is a complete package when it comes to your neck, back, hamstrings, and calves. All you have to do is just stand straight, lift your hands up, and slowly bring your hands down and try to touch your feet. Hold this pose for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
2. Triceps stretch
If you love doing push-ups then you must do this one religiously. This stretch focuses on your triceps, back, shoulder, and neck muscles. Lift both your arms. Bend your right arm at the elbow to touch your back. Now, using your left hand, push your right elbow down as much as you can. Repeat on the other side.
3. Butterfly stretch
Your lower body muscles also need to loosen up, especially if you start your workout routine with cardio. Butterfly stretches utilise your hip, back, thigh, and pelvic muscles. Just sit on the floor joining the soles of your feet and knees outward. Hold your toes for a better grip and then flutter your knees up and down for 20 to 30 seconds.
4. Lunge stretch
Runners,this one is must for you as it stretches your lower body to the fullest. Lunge stretches focus on your glutes, things, calves, and quads. Hold your lunge for at least for 10 to 15 seconds. For better balance, engage your core.
5. Side bends
If back soreness troubles you a lot then side bends is your remedy. Stand straight, arms close to your torso, and bend towards the right–tracing your right hand along your right leg gently. Do 25 side bending on each side and after completing each bend, hold the pose for at least 10 seconds.