Flexibility Training At Home

By on October 11, 2011

By Brenda Lyttle –

With fitness gaining popularity, people now are becoming aware about cardio exercises and strength training. The lesser known aspect of the fitness routine is, flexibility training. Although this is a very important part of fitness, it is quite often overlooked. Flexibility training involves stretching that prevents injuries. These are warm up exercises that loosen the body and prepare it for the forthcoming rigorous workout. They make your body more flexible. Given below are 4 simple stretches that you can do at home.

Stretch your neck

Stand with your feet apart and with your arms on the side. Leave your body loose. Stretch your neck on the right side, while tilting your head to the right in such a way that your ear touches the right shoulder. Hold on for a count of five seconds and then do the same on the left side. Repeat the exercise thrice on each side. Now do the stretches for the back and front too. Stretch your neck and tilt your head to the back. Now do the same for the front too. Each time, hold the position for a count of 5 seconds. Repeat twice for the back and front.

Stretch your upper back

Stand straight with your arms hanging loosely by your side. Stretch your arms in front at shoulder level and lace your fingers so that your palms are turned outwards. Hold the position for about 15 seconds and then repeat twice more.

Stretch Your Lower Back and Hamstrings

Sit down on the floor with your back straight and legs outstretched. Bend your right leg and tuck your right foot against the left leg. With your back still straight, bend forward and try to touch your toes. Hold the position for approximately 15 seconds and return back to the initial position. Repeat with your left leg. This is one rep. Do a total of 3 reps.

Stretch your calf

Stand facing a wall with your back straight and at a distance of an arm’s length from the wall. Lean the wall, stretch out your right foot while bending your knee and the left foot straight. With your feet planted firmly on the ground, move your hips forward till your left calf feels the stretch. Hold the position for 15 seconds and repeat with the other leg. Do it thrice alternating with the right and left leg.

These exercises are important to loosen muscles and they also prevent injuries. Do them before beginning with any exercise routine for a fit and healthy life.

 

Brenda Lyttle is a fitness freak and a beauty expert who began writing for publications in her community in 2005 and now commands an authority in writing on healthy living, wrinkle cream, halloween wigs, and anti-aging related topics. She is also a contributor for 365Gorgeous, the popular beauty products website. 

About Brenda Lyttle

Brenda Lyttle is a fitness freak and a beauty expert who began writing for publications in her community in 2005 and now commands an authority in writing on healthy living, wrinkle cream, halloween wigs, and anti-aging related topics. She is also a contributor for 365Gorgeous, the popular beauty products website.

One Comment

  1. Joey

    November 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Stretching is an important part of any training. You have to keep your muscles warmed, not to get right down to the middle of the training. You can seriously injure yourself if your muscles are sore. Flexibility training sessions are always required to maintain your mobility and avoid any joint pain. Being able to more freely is one of the best things in life.

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Flexibility Training At Home