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Stretching basics

Stretching is often used to help increase or maintain flexibility. There are several different stretching techniques. The first and most basic stretching technique is called static stretching. This is one of the most common forms of stretching and is a great place to start your flexibility training. Static stretching occurs when you position a joint into the end range of motion and hold. A good guideline is to hold the stretch 30-60 seconds before moving on to the next stretch. A great place to start is with the basic hamstring stretch. Most people have some tightness in their hamstrings. Performed either standing or seated simply reach towards your toes. You should feel tension in the back of your legs as you bend forward at the hips. Keep your knees straight with only the slightest bend. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Good times to perform this stretch include at the end of your workout or in the evenings before bed. Only go as deep as you feel comfortable. You want a stretch not pain. If you are really stiff and can only reach your knees that's okay! Start there and with time and regular practice you will improve!

Happy stretching, Anna

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