Flexibility and mobility is decreasing rapidly for most people. Whether it’s sitting for hours on the computer, driving around or lying down our muscles are not being used the way the are supposed to. When muscles aren’t being used they become stiff and tight limiting mobility and flexibility. It is super important to warm these muscles up and strengthen them as well as stretch them every day.
Here are 3 excellent quick stretches you should do at least once a day.
Hip flexor stretch
Lie down so that your right side is at the edge of bed. Let one leg drape over the bed. Bring the other knee to your chest. You should feel a stretch through the front of your hanging leg’s thigh. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds each leg for a total of 3 sets.
Stand in a doorway. Reach one arm out (at shoulder height) and bend it at a 45-degree angle. Place your elbow and forearm against the door frame and lean gently into it. Turn your body away from the arm to increase the effect. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds each arm for a total of 3 sets.
Stand and bring your left arm across your body as you bring your right arm in front of it, bending it to “hook” your left arm. Use your right arm to gently pull your left arm in closer to your chest and hold. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds each arm for a total of 3 sets.
These are quick stretches you can do to make sure your hip flexors, chest and shoulders stay open and flexible. Make sure you stretch these every day and other muscle groups if time permits.