Want to know the stretching exercises that will have you feeling limber and pain free? If you wake up feeling tight, sore and just plain uncomfortable, you are not alone. Just because it's common does not make this right, however, and you should not have to live with this pain each day. You need to integrate some stretches into your daily life so you can better your health and just feel great. We can all benefit from stretching for injury prevention and also to enhance your performance as an athlete, so what are you waiting for? Stretch your way to feeling better and even having more energy. Stretching is not just for those into yoga or pilates. Stretching if important for everyone. So are you ready to get started? Then check out these stretching exercises that I utilize every day as a trainer, and get started feeling and looking better:
The cobra is the most well known stretch that is used by fitness enthusiasts because it works wonders in relaxing your body. The cobra is a great stretch for your abdominal and lower back. Just make sure to stretch out fully and breathe deep to relax your muscles. Hold for 20 seconds and then release. Release the tension in your lower back to make the most out of this because this is one of the best stretching exercises!
2 Full Body Stretch
The full body stretch is pretty simple as you are basically sprawling out and elongating your body. The key is to take a deep breath and relax as you perform this exercise. Hold this extension and release.
3 Side Bend
Balance your hips and stretch out your body by reaching over for a few side bends. The key with this stretch, as with most stretching, is to take deep breaths and just relax. In just a few minutes, you will feel good as new.
4 March in Place
Stretch out your shoulders with this dynamic stretch (stretching in motion). Just make sure you stand with your feet shoulder width apart and move those arms. In just a few sets you will feel loose and ready for your upper body workout or just to embark upon your day!
5 Jumping Jacks
Another dynamic stretch that is so simple yet so effective in loosening the body and prepping for the day is the jumping jack. As a trainer it is a rare day when I do not utilize this exercise or dynamic stretch in my workouts and you should too because it works wonders!
6 Head Rolls
Perform head rolls and side neck stretches to release the tension in your neck and upper back. Relax, light a candle to get in the relaxation mode and feel your stress ease away.
7 Half Squats
To stretch out your lower body begin with some stretches in motion, like half squats. Lower your body halfway with your weight in your heels to perform squats. Squats are a super effective exercise to target your legs and butt, so this stretch will target your lower body as well.
Make sure you integrate these stretches into your daily fitness and health routine to prevent injury, target your lower body and better your health. Are you ready to stretch it out and see great results? Then get stretching and stretch your way to a new day!
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