5 Stretching Exercises That Will Help You Get In Shape Really Fast

Stretches are a very important part of fitness you shouldn't neglect. Full body stretches can help relieve you of back pain and also improve your sleep quality

I normally recommend that everyone who works out should start with stretching exercises because they reduce the chances of you getting injured during your workout and also improves your flexibility and agility which could make your workout sessions more comfortable and easy to execute. 

Presently, I have been testing out a lot of stretching exercises to know which is best for beginners and I think these 5 just hits the spot. 

These 5 stretching exercise works every part of your body and could be a really great addition to your daily workouts. 

Courtesy: I Got The Pictures and Instructions From Realsimple.com

1. The Low Lunge Arch

Step your right foot forward into a lunge and lower your left knee onto the floor or a folded towel or blanket.

(A) Bring your arms in front of your right leg and hook your thumbs together, palms facing the floor.

(B) Breathe in as you sweep your arms overhead, stretching as far back as is comfortable. Take five deep breaths. Switch sides

2. The Standing Side Stretch

(A) Stand with your feet together and your arms straight overhead. Clasp your hands together, with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward.

(B) Breathe out as you bend your upper body to the right. Take five slow breaths. Slowly return to the center. Repeat on the left side.

3. The Forward Hang

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent.

(A) Interlace your fingers behind your back. (If your hands don’t touch, hold on to a dish towel.) Breathe in and straighten your arms to expand your chest.

(B) Exhale and bend at your waist, letting your hands stretch toward your head. Hold for five deep breaths.

4. The Runner’s Stretch

(A) Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor or on two firm cushions if your hands don’t reach.

(B) Breathe in, then, in one motion, exhale as you straighten your right leg. Slowly return to the lunge position. Repeat four times. Switch sides.

5. The Bound Angle

Sit on the floor with your legs straight.

(A) Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, letting your knees drop toward the ground. Hold your shins as you inhale and stretch your chest upward.

(B) Exhale as you hinge forward from your hips (without rounding your back) and place your palms on the ground. Hold for five slow breaths.

Remember to stop if you feel any pain, that might just mean you are doing it wrong

So there you have it. 

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