Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another installment of “Finding Fitness.”
This week we will again be looking at recovery, which can mean so many things. Today I will share with you a few stretches that I love to incorporate in my everyday life. The stretches will be lower focused this week.
Make sure to grab some water and stay hydrated before, during and after all routines.
To begin, I like to start with some breath work. This can be the techniques I mentioned in previous articles, or something you like to do that helps you relax and get into the zone. After my mind is relaxed and body is ready, I like to move from bottom to top.
Starting in a seated position with my legs together and extended, I like to bend forward and grip the tips of my toes. Then, relax the calves and pull your toes toward your torso, feeling the stretch in the back of your calves and hamstrings.
If you cannot reach your toes, you can use a towel or belt to gain the traction. Following this, continue to lean forward and keep your feet in the extended position. The goal here is to bring your chest as close to your thighs as possible without bending your knees. You will really feel this stretch in your hamstrings and even in your lower back.
Finally, we will want to stretch out the glutes. My favorite way to do it starts by laying on your back, prop one knee up and cross the opposite leg over the top of the thigh of the leg planted on the floor.
Keeping your lower back on the floor, grip the thigh that is planted with both hands, interlacing your fingers. Begin to pull the leg closer to your chest and bring your upper back off the floor.
You will feel the stretch in your backside as you feel the stretch!
After you stretch your legs, make sure you drink water. Did you know muscles are made up of about 76 percent water, so it’s only natural to replace the water lost during workouts and recovery.
That wraps up this week’s “Finding Fitness.” Next week we will look at some good upper body recovery. If you are looking for extra workout motivation, please feel free to follow my Instagram (@evouzumaki) and don’t be afraid to message me. I am always willing to help.
Have a great week everyone and never give up!