Today’s post is my favourite Lower Body Stretches.. Post leg day!
Now I do a lot more stretches but I find these either work the best for me or I just enjoy them because I can chill out (after the initial tightness subsides)
Top Left: hamstring and inner thigh. You want your bottom right against the wall and legs up, slowly lower them down to were you can feel the stretch but not pain! Good for a minute or 2 and you will notice that as the muscle relaxes and assistance from gravity, that your legs will drop down.
Top Right: Hip flexor stretch, my hip flexors are ON all the time, they are very tight and I have to ensure when I do abs that I don’t over use them. I do this stretch because I need it to keep my pelvis in the correct position and prevent increased lordosis. How to do it: with one leg in front, you are kneeling on the other. You push your hip forward until you feel a stretch in your hip. For a deeper stretch, grab the foot and pull it towards your bottom of the knee you kneel on. Make sure your are pushing the hip forward and keeping your chest up.
Bottom Left: Quads/hip flexors: once again, super tight. You want to start this one in just one leg. With one leg out in front, you bend the opposite leg under do your foot tucks to the side of your bottom. Gently lean back so you are putting weight on your hands behind your hips, weight until it is comfortable and then move back onto your forearms. If you can, gently layback so your back is on the ground. Feel under your lower back. Is there a big gap? This is due to tightness, you will notice after a minute it should decrease. Regular stretch will decrease this gap. Gently unravel and swap sides.
Advance: same process but both legs bent. Be gentle and slow controlled movements with this one!
Bottom Right: Calf/ hamstring stretch:
Downward dog, Criss one leg over to put more weight into the stretch, aim to get the heel to gently move towards the ground. Repeat on other leg.
What stretches do you find work best for you?