There are many ways that you can stretch your legs after a great workout. Using a stretchy band is one of my favorites.
- To stretch your quads- lie on your stomach and loop the band around your foot. Gently pull your foot towards your seat using the band until you feel a stretch in your quad. Hold for 30-45 seconds and then change sides.
- To stretch your hamstring and calf - lie on your back with one leg on the floor and the other extended towards ceiling. Loop the band around the foot of the extended leg. Keep the leg straight as you pull it up towards your head. Add a flex and point of the foot to deepen the stretch. Add a side to side motion of just the foot (hold the rest of your leg still) to stretch the inside and outside of the ankle.
- To stretch the outside of the leg - Keep the extended leg straight (with the band looped around your foot) and cross it over the midline of the body. To keep the stretch in your leg, be sure to keep the back of both hips on the ground.
- To stretch the inside of the leg - open the extended leg to the same side of the body. Aim it towards your shoulder until you feel a stretch in your inner thigh / groin.
Be sure to hold each stretch for 30-45 seconds and then repeat the series on the other leg. Have fun! Cathy
AUTHOR: Cathy Terrazas