Beginner Exercises To Boost Flexibility
Flexibility is the most important part of fitness. It is carried out into every aspect of your life and is crucial for preventing injuries. However, boosting your flexibility is much more than just touching your toes. It’s about incorporating these simple exercise within your workout routine at least twice a week. Here’s HBFIT’s top beginner exercises to boost your flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
Warm Up Workout Routine To Boost Flexibility
Bodyweight movements like squats, lunges, push-ups, side lunges and jumping jacks can be done literally on the go, anywhere, anytime – no equipment necessary. We recommend completing three sets of 20-30 reps per movement. Not only will they provide great strength building cardio but will also help boost your flexibility!
Boost Your Upper Body Flexibility
Simple upper body exercises with help improve your mobilizing and boost your flexibility.
Inchworm: In a pushup position, slowly walk up until your feet are as close to your hands as possible. Next walk your hands back until you are in starting position. You can arch your back to add a spinal stretch.
Shoulder & Chest: Either kneeling or standing, clasp your hands behind your band and straighten your arms. Raise your hands as high as possible and bend forward from the waist. Hold pose for 10-30 seconds. Switch arms and repeat.
Arm Across Chest: Place one arm straight across your chest and the other hand on your elbow. Pull your arm towards your chest and hold the pose for 20-45 seconds. You will keep the stretch along your biceps. Switch arms and repeat.
Boost Your Lower Body Flexibility
Simple lower body exercises will help ensure that your muscles are as warm and loose as possible. This will help prevent the risk of injuries and muscle tension.
Glute Stretch: While sitting on the floor, bend your right leg. Place your right foot over your left leg and left arm over your right leg. Essentially, your elbow will be used to push your right knee downwards. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and switch sides.
Single Leg Hamstring: Place your right leg straight and bend your left leg so your foot is flat into your thigh. Bend forward from the waist and keep your back flat. Hold and repeat with the other leg.
Standing Quadriceps: While standing on your left leg, grab just above the ankle of your right leg. Pull your heel into your buttocks and push your hips out. Hold and repeat with the other leg.