You’re probably spending a lot more time on your couch, or at your desk. All that sitting can’t be good for you. So regardless of whether you’re making use of the 6-9 am exercise window during our national lockdown, doing these stretches for just 10 minutes can help you stretch your way to a stronger leaner body.
All over body stretching is essential for sustaining the range of movement in our joints. But it’s often the thing we neglect most when starting an exercise regime. Stretching is what helps to minimise joint degeneration as you age and in turn, helps you maintain your independence. Being in lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to cultivate a habit that will stick with you, long after the world returns to some form of normalcy.
Try these 4 stretches for 30 days and you will be amazed at the progression of your flexibility:
Aim for at least 10 minutes a day of intentional stretching…
1. Calf Stretch
Stand on a step placing the ball of your right foot on the edge with your heel hanging over the edge. Sink your heel towards the floor, using bodyweight to create a stretch. Hold this for 30 seconds. Then repeat on the other side.
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2. Glute and Hip Stretch
Stand facing the back of a chair around hip height. Lift your right foot and place the outside of it on the back of the chair. Let your right knee flop out to the side. Next, gently lean your torso forward as far as possible. Stretch out your arms over the chair and hold for 1 minute. Switch and repeat on the other side.
3. Lower Back Stretch
Lie on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you. Bend the knee of your left leg up. And bring it towards your body. Breathe in and then as you breathe out clasp your hands around your knee, hugging it into your chest. Hold for one minute and repeat on the other side.
4. All Over Stretch
Start in a full press-up position with your feet hip-width apart. Walk your hands a few paces back until your legs are 90 degrees to your body. Like an upside-down V. Aim for straight legs, back, arms, raising your hips and bottom to the ceiling. While also working to keep your heels flat on the floor. Hold for one minute.