Regular stretching can increase your flexibility, improves posture, reduce the risk of injury and helps you avoid pain and stiffness.
Hold out your left right for a balance. Hold your right foot with your right hand, ease it towards your buttocks and tuck in your pelvis slightly. Remember: keep your knees close together, feel the stretch down to front of your right thigh. Hold for a few seconds and repeat it on the other side.
Step back with your right foot as far as is comfortable. Lean forward and bend your knee, placing both hands on your left thigh. Hold for 40 seconds and then change legs and repeat on the other side.
With hands on hips, cross your right leg over the left with the end of your right big toe resting on the ground. Bend your supporting left leg gently. Feel a stretch in the shin of the right leg. Repeat on the other side. If you feel pain, you have gone too far and should go back to the point where there is no pain before you hold the stretch.
- Hold each stretch for at least 40 seconds and then relax.
- The best time to stretch is in the morning and before going in bed.
- Always warm up slowly before stretching.