The Essentials of Stretching

A well-rounded fitness program should incorporate a stretching routine that focuses on all major muscle groups, to help you achieve and maintain flexibility. You should always at least warm up before you begin stretching your muscles with these and other common stretches.

The Rules of Stretching

Stretching is the key to maintaining your flexibility — in other words, how far and how easily you can move your joints. Your tendons (the tissues that connect muscle to bone) begin to shorten and tighten [more…]

How to Stretch Your Neck

This basic neck stretch is designed to loosen and relax the muscles on both sides of your neck. This procedure demonstrates the classic stretch that most fitness experts recommend. [more…]

How to Stretch Your Chest

This chest expansion stretch targets your shoulders, chest, and arms and helps promote good posture. This procedure demonstrates the classic stretch that most fitness experts recommend. [more…]

How to Stretch Your Back

This back expansion move stretches and loosens your shoulders, arms, upper-back, and lower-back muscles. Read on to see how to stretch your back.

Don’t stretch your muscles until you’ve at least warmed [more…]

How to Do a Standing Hamstring Stretch

The standing hamstring stretch is a great stretch for your hamstrings (rear-thigh muscles) and your lower back. If you have lower-back problems, do the same exercise while lying on your back on the floor [more…]

How to Do a Standing Quad Stretch

The standing quad stretch focuses on the quadriceps (front-thigh muscles). Be extra gentle with this stretch if you’re prone to knee or lower-back pain. If back pain is an issue for you, you can do a similar [more…]

How to Do the Double Calf Stretch

The double calf stretch offers some relief for the calf muscles, which tend to be tight and bunched up from daily activities such as walking and standing. This article demonstrates the double calf stretch [more…]

How to Do the Horse Biting Tail Stretch

The horse biting tail movement stretches your abdominals, sides, and lower back. Take care not to force this stretch, especially if you have lower-back problems. This procedure demonstrates the classic [more…]

How to Do the Butterfly Stretch

The butterfly stretch exercise stretches your inner thighs, groin, hips, and lower back. If you are prone to lower-back discomfort, take extra care to lean forward from your hips rather than rounding your [more…]

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