Muscles stretched: inner thigh, calves, hip flexors, chest
How to: This photo was taken while I was pregnant so this stretch can literally be done by anyone. Begin by standing tall feet together. Step back far with your right foot and turn your body to the right. Your right foot and body will be facing the same direction while your left foot will be a 90 degree difference (if a line was drawn from your left heel it would intersect with the instep of your right foot.) Your stance should be wide enough so that when you bend your front knee it doesn’t extend over your left foot. If it does then open your legs a little wider apart. You want t make sure your body isn’t turning towards your front foot, rather turned completely to the side opening your body up. Extend your arms out to the side as shown in the photo imaging your arms are being pulled in opposite directions…you may feel the stretch across your chest. This pose not only stretches out multiple muscles, but it also strengthens your legs, arms, and core by holding the isometric position and works on balance.
How long: hold this stretch for 3 full deep breaths on each side. Your exhale should be slightly longer than your inhale. For example breathe in and count to four then breathe out and count to six. Repeat the stretch two more times on each side.
Disclaimer: this post does not claim to cure any medical issues you may be having. Please speak with your healthcare professional before embarking on any fitness routine.
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