Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stretch It Out (Lower Body)

Since starting the paleo diet I've been more in tune with my body.  It might sound strange but for some reason I can feel anything that's off.  I can also feel anything that's limiting.

Recently I noticed that the left side of my body is more flexible that my right.  I can sink lower in lunges and my right side determines how low I can get into a squat.  I talked to my trainer about it and he recommended stretching a few times a day and holding stretches for at least 30 seconds.  I'm so bad.  I never ever stretch.  Seriously, not before or after a workout.

I've been doing this set of stretches about two or three times a day and have noticed a dramatic difference in my workouts.  I am starting to balance out on both sides.  I hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds if not longer if I have time.  These are the specific order I do them in and it flows pretty nicely.  These aren't technical names.  They are just what I call them and I know my form isn't perfect.  Practice makes perfect!  

Forward fold

Walk out into plank- I hold plank for 30 seconds just for the calf stretch

Downward dog


Child's pose

Hip flexor- both sides 30 seconds

Hamstring- each side 30 seconds


Taking these pictures was hilarious.

My kids didn't know what was going on!

What would you add or change?  How often do you stretch?


Tiffany Campiotti said...

Hip flexor is one of my favorites. I've been trying to stretch at least a little after I run. Forward fold with a wide stance is also one of my go-to stretches. I also squat with toes pointed out at an angle and press my elbows against my knees...great inner thigh stretch.
P.s. the pics are great :)

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

Good ones! Love the squat idea!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh I am HORRRIBLE at stretching too. Occasionally, well rarely, I will stretch for like 1 minute after a tougher run. I have done yoga a couple times lately and I am liking it since I get my workout and stretching done at the same time. I need to get better about stretching because I am just asking for an injury!

Unknown said...

I love all these stretches . . . I've been pretty diligent about stretching, but I wish I spent more time on it. I really like stretching my lower back, so I would add doing plow pose (from yoga). I love it, and try to do it for about 1 minute every day.

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Girl, can you come to my house and stretch with me? I'm so tight, I need to make more time for this.

Erin @ EatRunWrite said...

I'm really impressed you managed to take these pictures with a self-timer! Great post :)

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