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We recently touched on why it's so important to stretch as part of our fitness routines. Here are a few stretches to try out during your next workout. 

We always recommend that you consult a personal trainer before commencing any new moves or workouts.

Pre-workout dynamic stretching

Hip stretch with a twist

Start in the push-up position and bring your right foot up to your right hand while keeping your hips down and lower back flat. Lift your left hand, twist to your left while extending your arm and reach upward. Come back to the starting push-up position and repeat on the other side.

Inchworm

Start with your feet hip-width apart. Hinge forward, reaching for your toes. From there, walk your body into a plank. Once you're there, drop your hips down and look up. Move back up, walking your hands back to your feet. Stand up. Repeat.

Post-workout static stretching

Downward dog

Begin in a kneeling position on your mat with hands directly under shoulders, fingers spread wide. Tuck your toes under and engage your abdominals as you push your body up off the mat so only your hands and feet are on the mat. Press through your hands moving your chest gently toward your thighs and your heels gently toward the floor. Relax your head and neck and breathe fully.

Abdominal stretch

Lie face down on the mat. Position your hands on the floor either side of your shoulders. Push away from the floor with your arms until you feel a stretch down the front of your torso, keeping your pelvis on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds.

One-on-one time with a Fernwood Personal Trainer is the best way to learn proper form and technique, ask questions and ensure you get the most from your workout. Find out more here.

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