Stretching underrated. Of course, it can’t burn calories or build muscle – but a good stretch can benefit your fitness routine in many ways.
Stretching can improve mobility and flexibility, prepare your muscles for exercise, help you recover after a workout, and reduce your risk of injury.
And stretching is just as important on those days when you’re stuck at your desk and you can barely move a muscle.
Frequent stretching breaks can help relieve tight muscles and stiff joints due to excessive sitting.
The more variety you include in your stretching routine, the better.
So to help you cut through the benefits of stretching from head to toe, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best stretches for each muscle group.
Leg and hip stretch
Whether you’re dealing with a lot of goblet squats or tight hip pain for a long time in your office chair, this is the best hip and leg extension to help make your lower body feel tighter.
Extends to the lower back
If you have back pain after a long workday, strenuous exercise, or a weird night’s sleep, then stretching your lower back can provide some much needed relief.
Triceps, chest and upper body stretch
Stretching pain in the upper body can help ease the muscles and improve your range of motion.
And if you spend a lot of time on your laptop in virtual meetings, stretching your neck, chest and shoulders can help relieve muscle tension in those areas.