Workout: To do at home, in the gym or on the go
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Let’s talk about stretching.
Some athletes may find it to be boring, but it’s kind of like using your car on a cold winter’s day.
If you make sure everything is warmed up before you start out, you’ll likely have a better journey.
Stretching is recommended to do both before and after working out.
Focus on the areas of your body that will be used during the workout.
Waking up those muscles and connective tissues with stretching will allow you to be more flexible and may also prevent injuries.
For this stretch, we’re going to target the gluteus medius, gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus, or buttocks, which can be strengthened with lunges.
Before doing lunges to exercise that muscle group, stretch your hips while in a kneeling position.
1, Kneel on one knee and bend your other leg in front of you at a right angle with your foot flat on the floor.
2. While maintaining good posture with your upper body, lean forward and grasp the ankle of the stance leg with the same side hand and place the arm on the inside of your leg.
3. Contract your abdominal muscles and, using your arm, push the forward bent leg outward. This will open up the inner thigh and hip.
4. Avoid rounding your back, bending your neck or dropping your head.
5. Repeat the sequence with the other leg.
Disclaimer: Do not begin any physical activity described in the
Workout column without prior approval from your healthcare professional.