Stretching is an essential aspect of your health and fitness. It helps maintain mobility so you can easily get into proper positions.
Static stretching is great for improving mobility and range of motion.
It helps reduce pain and stiffness, improves posture, and minimizes wear and tear on your joints.
Plus it helps reduce stress.
25 Different Static Stretches
- Half Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch (0:34)
- Bench Hamstring Stretch (0:48)
- Bench Twisting Spine and Hamstring Stretch (0:58)
- Seated Pigeon (1:07)
- Half Kneeling Rotational Hip and Quad Stretch (1:14)
- Half Kneeling Hip Stretch with Cross Body Reach (1:25)
- Peroneal Stretch (1:35)
- Lying Glute Stretch (1:51)
- Lying QL Stretch (2:05)
- Stretch Band Four Way Lying Stretch (2:18)
- Pigeon Pose (3:04)
- Star Stretch with Quad Stretch (2:50)
- Broken Frog Stretch (3:15)
- Thread the Needle (3:27)
- Upward Facing Dog (3:41)
- Downward Dog (3:51)
- Child’s Pose (4:04)
- Lying Chest Stretch with Scorpion (4:12)
- Seated Hamstring, Glute and Spinal Twist Complex (4:23)
- Prayer Squat (4:45)
- Overhead Tricep Stretch (5:01)
- Standing Split Stance Hamstring Stretch (5:10)
- Kneeling Thoracic Extension and Lat Stretch (5:22)
- Standing Chest Stretch (5:34)
- Standing Calf Stretch (5:43)
Upper Body Static Stretches
The most common areas of tightness in the upper body include:
- Thoracic Spine AKA the T-Spine
Lower Body Static Stretches
The most common areas of tightness in the lower body include:
- Hip Flexor
General Warm-up Mobility Exercises
- Boyle’s 8 Essential Mobility Drills – 8 Warm-up exercise that hit all the major joints.
Soft Tissue Work
In addition to stretching, soft tissue work is also recommended.
Foam Rolling Exercises are a good place to start.