Get Stronger and More Flexible With These 4 Simple Moves

Did you know there’s one simple activity most people rarely do after their workouts?

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G!

Stretching is super-important. It prevents your muscles from getting “tight” and “stiff” — especially after you’ve been working them out, rep after rep. Plus, there’s the benefits you get, like improved circulation and reduced stress (you DO know that stressing out causes you to tense your muscles without even realizing it, right?)

That’s why today I’m going to share with you 4 simple moves (taken from Yoga) that practically anyone can do. Doing these moves will not only stretch your muscles, but it’ll also tone them. As a result you’ll be more flexible, look leaner and feel a heck of a lot calmer!

Here they are:

  • Cat stretch: This is simple but effective. It stretches your spine, increases abdominal strength and may help relieve back pain. Start by getting down on all fours. Now place your palms face down on the floor, like you’re doing a pushup. Your knees should be underneath your hips and your shins should be resting on the floor. Inhale. As you do, let your spine curve towards the floor naturally, as you bring your head up to look at the ceiling. Now exhale. As you do, round your spine up towards the ceiling (think of a cat stretching after they wake up). Bring your eyes to your belly button as you do this. Repeat 9 more times, slowly.
  • Downward dog: Start on all fours again. Hands on the floor in a pushup position, under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Now walk your hands out a few inches in front of you. Once you’re in this position, bring your hips and butt towards the ceiling, while keeping your feet planted on the ground. It should look like an inverted “V.” Your feet should be hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold this position while inhales and exhale deeply, 3 times. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 9 more times, SLOWLY.
  • Crow pose: To get into postion, start in the downward dog (inverted “V” position.) Bend both elbows slightly and walk your feet towards them, until your knees touch your elbows (you CAN do it. Promise!) Now, rest your knees on the OUTSIDE of your elbows/arms. Now keep your toes on the ground and bring your heels up. Tighten your abs, legs and arms. Hold this pose while you do 3 deep inhalations and exhalations. Then, relax and repeat 9 more times, s-l-o-w-l-y.
  • Warrior Lunge: This will work your legs/butt and give you a great stretch at the same time. Stand with both feet together. Lunge forward with your right leg. Bend the right knee until it makes a 90 degree angle. Do NOT go past this 90 degree bend. Now, push your hips forward and raise both arms towards the ceiling. You’ll feel a great stretch all over. Go back to the starting position. Now lunge forward with the left leg, bringing the hips as forward and down as you can, with the arms stretched upwards. Hold the lunge position for 3 deep breaths before returning to the starting position. Continue alternating until you’ve done 10 stretches with each leg.

So now you know better. Make sure you stretch after your workouts. And when you do, throw in one or more of these basic yoga poses in there as well to increase your flexibility AND strength.

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Comments

  1. modester schroeder says:

    hi there. im having a difficult time losing weight j have grown some what of a hump on my back what could i do about it? also im very stiff & feel tired all of the time.

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