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Five Warm-Up Stretches

Five Warm-Up Stretches

 

It can be tempting to skip the pre-workout stretches and start your programme straight away if you’re pressed for time, but spending just 5 to 10 minutes doing a decent warm-up has a lot of benefits.

 

The ideal stretches for your pre-workout preparation, though, definitely don’t precisely fit your definition of the word “stretching.” This is due to the fact that dynamic stretches, in which you move throughout, are preferable than static stretches, in which you adopt a stance and hold it, for pre-workout stretching.

 

To avoid overstretching your body, perform these full-body, pre-workout stretches at a comfortable pace. It’s okay if you need to adjust them for this reason.

 

The Workout

What you need: A yoga mat for comfort. You can also have yoga blocks or cushions on hand for comfort modifications as well.

 

Exercises

  • Child’s pose
  • Cat-cow
  • Donkey kick
  • Bird-dog crunch
  • Down Dog to runner’s lunge

 

Perform each exercise for the predetermined number of reps before moving directly onto the next in a circuit. Do this circuit once for a five-minute warm-up, being careful to move carefully and under control. Complete two or three rounds if you have additional time.

 

 

 

 

Cat-Cow

Start out in a tabletop position with your hips over your knees and your shoulders precisely over your wrists.

On the exhale, curve your spine, lowering your head to the floor and raising your belly button to the ceiling. Slowly inhale. Cat stance is as shown.

 

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Lift your head, chest, and tailbone up toward the ceiling as you inhale the subsequent time, arching your lower back. Cow stance is as seen.

Perform three controlled, slow reps.

 

Child’s Pose

Kneel down on your mat with your feet together behind you and your knees hip-distance apart.

After taking a deep breath, extend your arms forward and place your chest between your thighs, squeezing your bottom against your heels.

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Draw your ribs away from your tailbone and your head’s crown away from your shoulders to lengthen your neck and spine.

Your forehead should be on the mat.

3 whole breaths should be held.

 

Donkey Kick

Start on all fours with your wrists under your shoulders, your core engaged, and your knees under your hips.

Kick your right leg up toward the ceiling while maintaining a bent knee and flexed right foot. At the peak, stop. Make sure your spine is neutral and free from any arching if you experience this in your lower back.

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For one rep, put your right knee back down on the floor.

Perform five controlled, slow reps on one leg. Continue on the opposite side.

 

Dog-Bird Crunch

Start in tabletop position on your hands and knees, stacking your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.

Keeping your back level and your hips parallel to the floor, extend your left arm forward and right leg back. Consider pressing your foot against the wall behind you.

Squeeze your abs and bring your right knee and left elbow together at the midpoint of your body.

Turn the motion around and extend your arm and leg once again. Throughout the exercise, keep your right foot flexed. One rep equals this.

Perform three slow, controlled reps on each side, optionally holding each arm and leg extension for five seconds.

 

Runner’s Lunge to Down Dog

Begin on your hands and knees, with your knees under your hips and your hands piled under your shoulders.

Put your thumb and index finger into the ground while spreading your hands widely.

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Draw your hips toward the ceiling by lifting your tailbone and pushing your butt up and back. As much as you can, straighten your legs, then softly press your heels into the ground. Your back should be flat, your head should be positioned with your knees facing you.

Step your right foot outside of your right hand, pause, and then move your weight forward into a plank.

A low lunge stance is achieved by raising your torso. To increase the hip stretch in your rear leg, squeeze your glutes.

 

 

 

 

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