We incorporate stretches into all workouts at Prime Fitness in Totowa, NJ. Stretching plays a vital role in recovery and improves flexibility to prevent injury. Even if you’re already strong, if you have a limited range of motion and aren’t flexible, you won’t be as strong as you could be. Flexibility, recovery, and stretching go hand-in-hand. Stretching is one method of active recovery. The more you stretch, the more flexible you are, and the quicker your body will recover after a tough workout.
You can do side stretches in a standing or sitting position. Stretch your arms out, lean to the side, and touch the sides of your legs as you stretch when standing. Cross your arms behind your head and bend side to side when sitting. Combine that stretch with the yoga child pose. Get on your hands and knees, palms flat on the floor. Rock your body back and down so you stretch your arms in front of you and your chest touching your thighs. Finish the stretching with a standing lunge.
Get on your hands and knees for two simple poses that are excellent stretches for the back. Doing them in combination with other back stretches can bring relief. Start by doing the cat position. Arch your back like an angry cat, holding your head downward. Hold the pose for a few seconds then lower your back, dropping your belly to create a downward dip as you lift your head and look at the ceiling. You’re now in a cow pose.
The simplest hamstring stretch starts standing with your feet together, bending over with arms outstretched. You’re not trying to touch your toes, just stretch as far as you comfortably can. Lay or sit on the floor for another hamstring stretch, Have a towel rolled with an end in each hand. Lift one leg and loop the towel around the foot then straighten your leg. You’ll use the towel to pull your leg higher as the other is flat on the floor. You can feel the pull.
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