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