Stretching is an important part of defending your body
against injuries. It shouldn’t be an option – include a stretch session in
every workout to make sure your body stays nimble and injury-free.
1. Head-to-knee stretch
This move stretches the hamstrings and back. Stand about 30cm from the wall with your back to it. Rest your behind against it and fold over at the hips, knees slightly bent. When your spine is extended, straighten your legs and lower your chest towards your thighs. Hold for a minute, then slowly stand up.
2. Down dog on wall stretch
This stretch stretches the shoulders and hamstrings. Plant your hands shoulder-width apart on a wall and step back until your body is bent 90 degrees at the hips. Spread your fingers evenly, pressing your hands and wrists against the wall. Relax your neck without hanging your head. Keep the back of your neck level with your spine. Hold for two minutes. That’s a long two minutes, isn’t it?
3. Lunging pose stretch
The lunging pose stretches the quadriceps. Grab a bench about a metre from a wall with both hands. Stretch your right leg back to the wall. Hold, then bend your right knee towards the floor and shift your right foot so your toe is on the wall. Bend your left leg into a lunge until your right knee touches the floor, then draw your hips forwards. Hold, then switch legs. Do not attempt in poly shorts. Ever.
4. Twisting chair stretch
The twisting chair stretches the hips, core and glutes. Stand beside the seat of a chair or bench. Place your right foot on the seat. Grab your right ankle with your left hand and extend your right arm straight up in the air, rotating your chest to the right. Extend your spine and open your chest. Breathe a moment in this position, then release and repeat on the other side.
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