Stretching for 97% of us it is one of the long forgotten key tools to ever-lasting health, fitness and wellness. But how can something literally soooo simple be forgotten. Well lets call out the obvious…no fancy, high dollar, state-of-the-art equipment is needed; you can’t place some neat colorful label on it that some media company charged thousands of hours to create…and literally doesn’t take some athlete or celebrity to endorse.
Honestly, if someone was going to tell me they could only do one thing and one thing only to improve their overall well being – and that is it…and they told me to choose what that one things would be … after all of my years of instructing thousands of clients in various functional and resistance training modalities, nutrition methods and techniques, etc…..if I had to choose that “just one”….my first choice for them would be to stretch.
To help you understand the simplicity…and the pure overall wellness benefits…here is a little idea of what a stretching routine might look like.
This total body stretching routine contain stretches that target all the major muscle groups of the body.
~No Equipment Needed~
Estimated Workout Time: 10 minutes
Perform each stretch three times.
Gently ease into the stretch, slowly going as far as you can without causing discomfort or pain. Be careful not to go beyond your limit and avoid bouncing up and down or jerky movements.
Hold each stretch for up to 10 seconds. Be sure to breathe normally, do not hold your breath.
- Calf Stretch
- Quad Stretch
- Adductor Stretch
- Hamstring Stretch
- Hip Flexor Stretch
- Glutes & Lower Back Stretch
- Seated Hamstring Stretch
- Glutes & Lower Lumbar Stretch
- Lower Lumbar Stretch
- Overhead Tricep Stretch
Video demos below for your reference:
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
GLUTES & LOWER BACK STRETCH
SEATED HAMSTRING STRETCH
GLUTES & LOWER LUMBAR STRETCH
LOWER LUMBAR STRETCH
OVERHEAD TRICEP STRETCH