Stretching exercises help you improve your flexibility. These exercises also help to increase joint mobility and are essential to execute other exercises properly as well. So flexibility exercises are important for maintaining good joint health. Also, the more flexible the body is, the lesser the chances of getting injured. However, a proper warm-up session is needed before starting any stretching exercise.
Strectches To Help You Become More Flexible
Chest & shoulders: You can start this exercise by kneeling down or by standing. Grasp your hands behind UR back. Keep your arms straight and lift your hands as high as you can. While doing so, simultaneously bend down towards your knees from your waist and hold as long as you can.
Triceps: Place your left hand behind your back on the spine, over your shoulder making a ‘V’ shape. Place your right hand on UR left elbow and push it gently downwards as you slide your left hand down along the spine to the extent you could and hold it there for as long as you can. Repeat with the other arm.
Adductor: Stand up and spread your legs double the width of UR shoulder width. Shift your weight to UR right leg, bend your right knee, and push your hips back as if you’re going to sit down.Go down as low as possible while keeping your left leg straight.You will fell the stretch in your left inner thigh. Keep your chest up and your weight on your right leg. Breathe deeply and hold for 10 to 20 seconds before returning to the starting position. Switch to the other side.
Before embarking on an exercise don’t forget to go through a proper warm-up and while stretching ensure you don’t experience any discomfort.
There are certain guidelines you should adhere to when following a flexibility programme: Before embarking on an exercise don’t forget to go through a proper warm-up. While stretching ensure you don’t experience any discomfort. The tightness you feel should lessen as you hold the stretch. Breathe out while doing a stretch and do not hold your breath! Maintain the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds. If stiffness or pain occurs while stretching, stop. Shake out UR limbs in between stretches and try to complete two-three stretches before starting the next exercise.