10 Stretches To Improve Overall Flexibility

Just because stretching isn’t an intense cardiovascular activity doesn’t mean that it’s not an important form of exercise for our bodies.  Stretching is particularly great to do after a good cardio or strength training workout.  Incorporating stretching into your workout routine has many benefits, such as increased flexibility and range of motion, improved circulation – and best of all – it can relieve stress. What’s not to love about that! Sure, you may not be burning hundreds of calories, but stretching is definitely doing your body good.

In order to make adding stretching into your daily life a bit easier, we’ve put together an extensive collection of stretches that will workout your entire body!

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1-Minute Neck Stretch – Who says you can’t accomplish anything in a minute? If you have one minute, do a neck stretch.

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Bicep Stretch – Before you start weightlifting, you should do a basic bicep stretch.  Here’s how:

-Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart

-Extend your arm out to the side and rest the palm of your hand face-up on a wall

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Quad Stretch – To stretch your quads out before running, try this stretch:

-Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.

-Bend one leg and lift your foot up behind you, toward your buttocks.

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Chest Stretch – For a simple chest stretch, try this: First, clasp your hands behind your back with your palms facing the sky.

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Anterior Deltoid Stretch – This simple stretch is great for loosening up your anterior deltoids, the front parts of your shoulders.  Here’s how you do it:

-Put both of your hands behind your back.

-Grab your right wrist with your left hand and pull it in a diagonal motion down towards the floor.

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Cat Stretch for Lower Back– To ease any lower back pain you may have, try this stretch called a Cat Stretch:

-Place a yoga mat on the ground and position yourself on your hands and knees on the mat.

-Push your back upwards and your shoulder forwards, creating a kind of rainbow shape with your back (think of how a cat looks when it’s angry).

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Butterfly Stretch – To stretch out your inner thighs and groin before exercising, try the butterfly stretch.  Here’s how you do it:

-Sit on the floor and bend both of your legs.

-Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees go out to the sides.

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Basic Tricep Stretch – Before your workout, make sure you do a couple of tricep stretches.  Here’s an easy one:

-Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart

-Take your right hand and place it on your left elbow

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Seated Calf Stretch – Before you go running or participate in any aerobics, try doing this basic calf stretch:

-Sit in a chair and extend your leg in front of you

-Flex your foot so that the toe is pointing straight up in the air

-Once you start to feel a gentle pull in your calf muscle, hold the stretch for 20 seconds

-Relax and repeat with other foot