The fitness lifestyle can be challenging when your body becomes tight and you find it hard to maneuver to your fullest during a workout. Stretching and mobility are key elements to making sure your body is on point for your workouts, keeps injuries at bay and ensures you’ll get the very best out of the hard work you put in.
10 minute stretch session:
This stretch session consists of 3 basic stretch movements that will help with flexibility and strength before you get into your workout.
1. Runner’s stretch: Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor or on two firm cushions if your hands don’t reach. Breathe in, then, in one motion, exhale as you straighten your right leg. Slowly return to the lunge position. Repeat four times. Switch sides.
2. Standing side stretch: Stand with your feet together and your arms straight over your head. Clasp your hands together with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward. Breathe out as you bend your upper body to the right. Take five slow breaths. Slowly return to the center. Repeat on the left side.
3. Seated back twist: Bend your right knee and step your right foot over your left leg. Put your right hand on the floor, fingers pointing outward, for support. Bend your left elbow and turn to the right, placing the back of your arm against your right knee. Inhale as you sit tall. Breathe out as you twist, pressing your arm into your leg and looking over your right shoulder. Hold for five breaths, then slowly return to the center. Switch sides and repeat 4 times on each side.
There you have it! 3 basic movements for stretching and flexibility that will have you on movin’ and groovin’ in the gym!
The Fitmark Team