“Even if you’re stiff as a board”
Flexibility in all aspects of life – including our physical being – is invaluable. Honing our pliability not only works to prevent injuries and boost balance, but it can help with back pain and everyday discomfort.
Stretching and flexibility go hand-in-hand as well-stretched muscles make achieving a full range of motion infinitely easier. To that end here are three specific stretches that you can do daily to help boost your level of limberness. Note that beRevolutionarie instructor, Lauren Gibbs, recommends always stretching when your body is already a little bit warm. How to do that? Jog for a few minutes, walk on a treadmill, or do a few simple body-weight moves like squats or lunges to get your core temperature up. Cold muscles are never flexible and stretching them can lead to injury.
Lying Quad Stretch
This stretch is especially great for anyone with knee pain. Lie face-down with your head propped on your left hand. Pull your right foot toward your butt and bend your left knee to stabilize. Hold onto your ankle for 30 seconds. Switch sides, pulling your left foot toward your back and bending your right knee.
Frog Pose Stretch
For tight glutes and thighs, this stretch will work wonders. Lie face-down with your torso on your elbows. Bend both knees and reach back to hold onto your feet. Your fingers should be pointing the same direction as your toes as you carefully lift your elbows to point to the ceiling and push your chest up as high as you can. Stay here for a few seconds.
This yoga pose will help boost spine flexibility. Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat hip-distance apart and close to your butt (fingertips should be able to graze your heels). Bend your elbows and bring the palms of your hands underneath your shoulders with the fingertips pointing towards your feet. Press down into your palms and your feet as you lift your shoulders and hips off the floor, bringing the top of your head to the mat. Straighten your arms and legs as you lift your head off the floor. Hold for a few breathes and then tuck your chin into your chest to lower down.