The goal of this blog is to help you learn to follow a regular program. A regular stretching program can bring tremendous value to your workouts & your life. You are currently living with imbalances that are creating pain and stress in your body.
It’s fair to say that if you aren’t tight in your neck, upper back & shoulders then you are painfully stiff in your legs, lower back, & hips.
Here is a simple stretching routine that will open all these areas up, figure out which ones are a problem so you can begin to heal them.
Like I said earlier building a routine is the name of the game with this post so I suggest scheduling and performing this routine nightly or after workouts. I do mean schedule, put it on your calendar, datebook, refrigerator or whatever and keep the appointment you made with yourself.
- Breathe deeper & slower each breath. Your body’s natural reaction is to tense up and resist the muscle being lengthened. Send your central nervous system a calming message by increasing the duration of your inhalation & exhalation on each progressive breath.
- Stretch for 15-30 seconds. Anything less than 15 seconds will be interpreted by the body as a reflex reaction, not an intentional lengthening of the muscle. If your following rule
oneyou should be able to get 15 seconds in 4-5 breaths. Shoot for 30 seconds as you get better.
From a seated position with one leg forward, you can stretch the back of the legs (hamstrings) by leaning forward or the front of the legs (Quads) by leaning back.
Relieve that stress with the arms up the wall stretch.
Pay attention to where you are most tight, at the top of the range of motion or at the bottom.
This move will stretch out most of your major muscle groups.
Use the wall & gravity to your advantage to make it as easy.