Simple Posture Stretches For Spring
Now that the weather is warming and things are finally opening up again, we’re starting to see a lot more people outdoors doing exercise, tending to and enjoying their gardens with the kids, going for a walk in the sunshine or even braving the not so warm ocean water for a swim.
While it is fantastic to see people moving, the sudden increase in activity can sometimes leave us feeling sore and stiff, as we rediscover muscles that have been in an almost ‘hibernation’ during the cooler months.
Below are a few stretches that can help loosen up those muscles for preparation and also recovery from the increased activity.
· Stand tall behind a chair or near a wall for balance.
· Lift your right heel towards your buttocks and take hold of your ankle with your right hand.
· Keeping your back straight, and knees aligned pull your right heel towards your buttocks, as close as you can manage without pain.
· Feel a stretch in the front of your thigh.
· Be careful not to arch your lower back.
· Hold stretch for 30seconds and repeat x 2 on each leg.
NOTE: If you cannot reach your heel to your buttocks, try placing your back foot on a chair instead and push your hips towards the wall to feel the stretch. (picture 2)
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