There are many muscles in our body that we can stretch to improve our posture and our overall quality of life. Stretching these muscles can help alleviate issues like back pain, neck aches, and headaches.
How to Stretch
Some of the most common stretches include the following:
– Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend at your waist and reach your hands as far down as you can.
– Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and then slowly lean forward from your hips until you feel a stretch in the back or hamstrings.
– Reach both arms over your head to touch fingertips together. Hold for a few seconds before bringing your arms back down to start position.
When to Stretch
It is important to stretch your muscles in association with a workout or before going to bed. This will help them relax and be less sore the next day.
It is best to stretch before, during, and after your workout. Review examples of stretches that can be done before your workout: hamstring, calf, hip flexor, quadriceps, and hamstrings.
After working out, it is important to stretch again with the following stretches: hamstring, calf, hip flexor, and quadriceps.
During the workout, it’s also good to make sure that you take a moment or two to walk around and then come back for more stretching.
Muscles to Stretch
Muscles can be stretched in many ways, so it is important to pick the exercises that are best for you.
Besides stretching large muscle groups like glutes and hamstrings and quads, also stretch muscles you rarely do for relief, such as the muscles in your neck, chest, shoulders, and lats. You might also want to stretch your fingers and thumbs as well as the muscles of your lower back and hips.
There are many ways to stretch muscles. It is important to pick one that is best for you. For example, one way you can stretch your hamstrings is from a kneeling position with the back of one heel pressing against the inner thigh of the other leg. Another way is from a seated position, where you cross your right leg over your left, then lean forward and try to get both hands on the ground in front of you (or against a wall).
To conclude, you should always start slowly and work your way toward the tensest muscles.