Static Stretching 101


[tps_header]Static stretching means holding a stretch in a stable position for a certain amount of time. When you static stretch, you are effectively lengthening and pulling apart the muscle, causing it to relax and extend itself. This type of stretching is best saved for the end of a workout once you’ve tired out those muscles and is designed to help your body lengthen, relax, and steer clear of any injuries. Here are the stretches you should master: [/tps_header]

FL_EmilyStretch_700x365_fg4Figure 4 stretch: Lie on your back and relax your neck, bring one leg up, and cross your opposing ankle over your knee. Wrap your arms around your thigh and pull it in to feel the stretch happen on the outer side of your crossed leg. Hold this position for 30-90 seconds and switch.

FL_EmilyStretch_700x365_hamstringHamstring Stretch: A lot of people like to stretch with both legs out to stretch the hamstrings, but try this way to really dig deep into each hamstring individually. Start by sitting on your feet, then bring one leg straight out in front of you, and bend from the waist, reaching forward towards your toes. Hold this position for 30-90 seconds, and switch.