02 Jun The Best Stretches For Your Body (In Less Than 5 Minutes)
This sequence is fantastic for mobilizing your entire body and getting it ready for the demands of the workout ahead. The key with any warm up, is to move the body that is similar to the activity you are about to do. This means the ligaments, tendons and muscles are warmed up functionally and really for the demands of whats ahead and prevent any injury happening from tight stiff cold muscles.
In order to get the body fully mobile this sequence involves 4 key movements. Doing this sequence will get your ankles, hips and spine more mobile and supple. There fore being ready to move more freely. Do this sequence 6 times through each side before you start your training. Be it a HIIT workout or a run.
Step 1 – Walking High Knee Hug
Great for stretching your glutes and brings your hip into full flexion, which is particularly important for those who spend lots of time at a desk.
Start with your feet shoulder width apart and step forward lifting one knee up to your chest. Bend your knee as much as you can and hug to pull knee to your chest. Stand tall and pull up at the same time as in. Lower and step into the next leg.
Step 2 – Low Lunge
It increases range of motion into your groin, hips and legs. Again great for those who spend their day in limited range of motion positions.
Step forward with one leg and lower your back leg down so that your front leg is 90 degrees. Hands flat on the ground and let your hips drop forward to loosen them up.
Step 3 – Lunge And Reach
It mobilizes your thoracic spine, opening through your chest and loosening your hips further.
Stay in the position from above, but lift opposite hand to leg open to the sky and take your eyes up with it. Both arms should form a straight line.
Step 4 – Hip Lift Hamstring Stretch
It stretches the hamstrings and brings more mobility through into your hips.
From your lunge position, lift and shift your hips back to straighten your front leg. Let your hands rest on the ground and look down.
Then step forward and do the series on the left side, hold each pose for a breathe or two and move through to the next move. Keep flowing through the sequence 6 times and notice how much more energized and looser the body feel because of it.
Bring It All Together Into A Flow
Now watch how to bring all of these stretches together into a seamless flowing 5 minute routine to get the entire body more mobile and warm.
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