People always want to know… “What’s the best stretch to do?”
And my answer is always the same… “Any stretch that helps with YOUR specific weaknesses and imbalances.”
So if you have tight hamstrings, any stretch that helps to loosen up your hamstrings is a great place to start.
But some stretches are better than others. And there are a few key fundamental stretches that should be a part of everyone’s regular stretching routine. (Except in the case of injury of course).
So over the next few months I’m going to pick 8 or 10 “Key Stretches of Importance.” And you’ll find the first one below with a description of how to perform the stretch. It’s called the Sitting Knee-up Rotation Stretch.
What’s so great about this stretch? Well, just as a strong core is important for efficient movement and good posture, so is a flexible core. Good flexibility through your lower back, sides and stomach will help you reach, bend and turn without restriction or pain.
How to perform this stretch: Sit with one leg straight and your other leg crossed over your knee. Turn your shoulders and put your arm onto the outside of your raised knee to help rotate your shoulders and lower back. Slowly move into this stretch position until you can feel light to moderate tension (NOT PAIN) through your lower back, sides and stomach.
How long to hold this stretch: Hold this position for between 30 to 60 seconds while concentrating on breathing deeply and slowly. Carefully move out of the stretch position and then repeat on the other side. Repeat 2 to 3 times on each side.
Warning: Be very careful with (or avoid altogether) this stretch if you have any lower back pain or previous lower back injuries.
If you’re looking for more great stretches check out the Ultimate Guide to Stretching & Flexibility.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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