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Stretching Day 33

DYNAMIC WARMUP

1. World's Greatest Stretch

  1. Start on your hands and knees in push-up position on the floor, with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your body in one straight line from the top of your head down to your heels.
  2. Step your right foot forward next to your hand, and bend forward so that the right knee is over the right ankle and you feel a stretch in your left hip flexor.
  3. Place your left hand on the ground inside of the right foot for stabilization, and then twist your body to the right, towards your right leg, reaching the right hand up toward the sky. Turn your neck towards your outstretched arm in the same motion and look just beyond your fingertips.
  4. Return your hand to the floor, bring your right leg back so that you find yourself in the original push-up position.
  5. Repeat the above on the other side.
  6. Perform 5-10 repetitions on each side for a total of 10-20 repetitions.

2. Good Morning

  1. With feet hip-width apart, stand upright, knees slightly bent, and place your hands at the back of your head, elbows opened wide.
  2. Engage your abdominal muscles by pulling them into your spine.
  3. Keeping your spine neutral and pressing 
your rear backward, bend forward at the 
hips and continue doing so until your back 
is nearly parallel to the floor.
  4. Slowly return to standing, engaging your 
core and squeezing your glutes at the top 
of the movement.
  5. Perform the movement 15-20 times.

 

3. Standing Hip Circles

  1. Stand straight with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Slightly bend your knees and place your hands on your hips.
  3. Rotating clockwise, make as big of a circle as you can with your hips, bending your torso at the waist backwards, to the side, and forwards as you rotate your hips. Perform 10-15 repetitions.
  4. Then, perform 10-15 repetitions rotating your body counterclockwise.

 

 

UPPER BODY STRETCHES

1. Lateral Side to Side Neck Rotation

Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms down by your sides, 
or sit in a chair with your back straight.

  1. Gently turn your head directly to the right, 
as if you were trying to turn around and see what was behind you. Hold the stretch for 3-5 seconds, then return to the starting position.
  2. Perform the same movement on the other side, hold for 3-5 seconds, and then return to the starting position.
  3. Repeat both stretches in succession for 
a total of 30 seconds.

2. Side Neck Stretch w/ Upside Down Palm on Wall

Starting position: Stand an arm’s length away from the wall and place your right hand on the wall, arm straight with your fingertips facing towards the ground.

  1. Standing straight up, bend your neck to the left, trying to touch your left shoulder with your left ear.
  2. Hold for 15 seconds.
  3. Repeat on the other side.

 

3. Levator Scap Neck Stretch

Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and arms down by your sides, 
or sit in a chair with your back straight.

  1. Put your right hand on the back of your head with your fingertips reaching the base of your skull. Fingertips should be facing down 
your spine.
  2. Bring your chin to your chest and turn the 
back of your head towards your right armpit.
  3. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds, and then relax.
  4. Repeat the same stretch on the left side for 
15 seconds.

 

4. Seated Forward Curl

Starting position: Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.

  1. Bending at the waist, bend your whole 
upper body towards the floor, as if you 
were trying to touch your chest to the floor.
  2. Stretch and hold for 30 seconds, 
trying to deepen the stretch as you relax.

 

5. Seated Spinal Twist

Starting position: Sit on the floor with one leg extended straight out in front of you, the other leg bent comfortably so that the sole of your resting foot touches the inner thigh of the straight leg, and your back straight.

  1. Bend forward at the waist, making sure to keep the back straight, and reach out towards your foot with your hands as far as you can.
  2. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.
  3. Relax and perform the same stretch on the other leg.

6. Wall Lat Stretch

Starting position: Standing in front of a wall, 
place your hands on the wall about shoulder level.

  1. Bend at the waist and lower your torso as much as possible until you feel a stretch in your lats (the sides of your back).
  2. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever possible.

 

7. Corner Chest Stretch

Starting position: Stand at a corner between 
two walls, about 1 foot away from the corner 
of the wall.

  1. Place one arm on each wall, with each forearm and palm resting comfortably on a wall.
  2. Lean in towards the wall as much as possible 
as you feel the stretch in your chest.
  3. Lean your head back as the front of your neck stretches, with your chin reaching towards 
the ceiling.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds.

 

8. Thread the Needle Shoulder Stretch

Starting position: Start on all fours, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees in line with your hips.

  1. Bend your legs so that your torso is supported as much as possible by your legs.
  2. Hold your left arm out in front of you for stability.
  3. Reach your right arm through the hole between your left arm and the floor, palm facing up.
  4. Bend your left elbow as you gently lean into your right side. You should feel a stretch in 
the back of your right shoulder.
  5. Hold for 15 seconds.
  6. Perform the same stretch on the left side.

 

9. Behind the Back Tricep Extension

Starting position: Stand comfortably, with your feet shoulder-width apart.

  1. Lift your right arm straight up above your body and then bend at the elbow to lower your right hand behind your back, bringing your palm down as far down your back as you can.
  2. Grab your right elbow with your left hand and gently pull it to the left until you feel a comfortable stretch.
  3. Hold for 15 seconds.
  4. Relax, and then perform the same stretch on the left tricep.

 

10. Lying Full Body Extension

Starting position: Lie on your back with your arms outstretched comfortably above your head.

  1. Reach your arms above your head and push through your fingertips to elongate your 
spine and torso.
  2. At the same time, stretch the lower half of 
your body through your heel, also with the 
aim of elongating your spine and torso.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.

 

 

LOWER BODY STRETCHES

1. Warrior II Pose

Starting position: Stand with your feet double shoulder length apart and your arms extended horizontally with your palms facing down.

  1. Turn your left foot our about 90 degrees, and then bend your left knee into a lunge. Your right foot should still be pointing forwards. If this feels too comfortable, try to widen the distance between your legs by swiveling your left leg further away from the right foot.
  2. Turn your head to the left and look over your fingers.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, and then return to the starting position.
  4. Perform the same sequence with your right side and hold for 30 seconds.

2. Reverse Tabletop

Starting position: Sit on the floor with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands about shoulder-width apart as close to your shoulders as possible, with fingers facing away from your face.

  1. Flatten your fleet on the ground, and lift your whole body off the ground using your palms and feet glutes, and back muscles.
  2. Try to reach your hips towards the ceiling as high as you can, as you relax your head and neck and look up towards the ceiling.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds.

3. Reclining Angle Bound Pose

Starting position: Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.

  1. Turn your feet so now the sides of your feet are on the ground and there is an open space between your knees.
  2. Bring the soles of your feet together, pull them up towards your butt as much as you can.
  3. Allow your knees to open up and drop closer to the floor.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds.

 

4. Pry Squat

Starting position: Stand with feet about 1.5 shoulder-distance apart with your feet comfortably pointed outwards away from your body.

  1. Sit into a squat and place your elbows on the inside of your knees. Feet should be pointed outwards away from your body. If you can’t do this, get into a comfortable squat, and lean your hands on your elbows for support.
  2. While trying to make sure both feet are completely flat on the ground, deepen the squat as much as you can by lowering closer to the floor.
  3. Use your arms to press your knees as far out as is comfortable while still maintaining a tight core and proper squat form with your spine as straight as possible, without arching your spine.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds and deepen the stretch whenever possible.

 

5. Frog Pose

Starting position: Lie facedown, bend your 
knees about 90 degrees, and spread them 
as wide as you can.

  1. Fold your hands under your forehead 
to relax the upper half of the body.
  2. Keeping your knees bent, sink your hips towards the floor.
  3. Hold for 60 seconds, and deepen the stretch by sinking your hips more towards the floor whenever possible.

6. Figure 4

Starting position: Lie down on your back, with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor in 
front of you.

  1. Cross your left foot over your right knee.
  2. Grab your right leg with both hands and pull your right knee in towards your upper body until you feel a stretch in the glute muscles 
on the left side of your body.
  3. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, then relax 
and return to the starting position.
  4. Repeat the stretch on the other side. 
Hold for 30 seconds.

7. Downward Dog

Starting position: Begin on all fours, with your knees hip-width apart and your hands directly below your shoulders.

  1. Press back into your heels to straighten your knees and raise your butt up to the ceiling until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. If you need to, extend your arms forward so that you can straighten your legs a bit more.
  2. Keep your head, neck, and spine aligned as you press back into the feeling of the stretch in the back of your legs and calves.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.

8. Seated Single Leg Hamstring Stretch

Starting position: Sit on the floor with one leg extended straight out in front of you, the other leg bent comfortably so that the sole of your resting foot touches the inner thigh of the straight leg, and your back straight.

  1. Bend forward at the waist, making sure to keep the back straight and reach out towards your foot with your hands as far as you can.
  2. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.
  3. Relax and perform the same stretch on the other leg.

9. Knee to Chest Stretch

Starting position: Lie on your back with your whole body relaxed on the floor and your legs outstretched. Make sure your whole back is touching the floor.

  1. Bring one knee towards your chest and 
grab your knee with both hands to pull.
  2. Pull until you feel the stretch in the top 
of your butt and lower back.
  3. Hold for 15 seconds, gently let go and relax.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.
  5. Relax and perform the same stretch on 
the other leg.

 

10. Extended Triangle Pose

Starting position: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Step your right leg out to the side while shifting your foot, so the toes on your right foot are facing out.

  1. Stretch both arms out to your sides at shoulder height.
  2. Shift your torso to the right and extend down, reaching your right arm towards your right foot as far as you can.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.
  4. Relax and perform the same stretch on the other leg.

 

11. Kneeling Quad Stretch

Starting position: Place your right knee on 
the ground and your left in a kneeling position, 
at a 90 angle.

  1. Take a moment to find your balance, and once you’re ready, reach back with your right arm, and grab your ankle, or middle of your shin, depending on what’s easiest.
  2. Pull the right leg towards your butt.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, deepening the stretch whenever it feels comfortable to do so.
  4. Relax and perform the same stretch on the other leg.

 

12. Hanging Calf Stretch

Starting position: Stand on the balls of your feet at the edge of a stair or step. If you don’t have a stair or step, you can place a few towels on top of each other to simulate one.

  1. While keeping your legs straight, allow gravity to pull your heels down towards the floor.
  2. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.