Today I want to talk about flexibility-a critical component to overall fitness.
Flexibility, or stretching, is often an overlooked but important component of your overall fitness. Here are some stretches that we all should do after working out while the body is still warm. Standing, bring each foot back as far as you can to meet the butt, actively switching from one foot to the other. Do this 5 times on each leg. Then give each leg a long stretch, holding for about 10 seconds each.
Sit down on the floor with legs closed and stretched out in front of you. With a flat back, reach your arms out towards the feet, focusing on the stretch in the hamstrings. Hold for 20 seconds.
Bend elbows above and behind your head, hands to opposite shoulder, actively stretching the tricep (back of the arm) Hold for 20 seconds.
Hold both arms directly out from sides rotate in circular motion forward 20 seconds.Hold both arms directly out from sides rotate in circular motion backward for 20 seconds.
Lay down belly to floor, lifting upper body off floor with hands (yoga name=upward dog) stretching out your core.Hold body up from floor in this pose for about 10 seconds.