Warning: The pictures you’re about to see are taken of someone who is beginning to increase their flexibility by performing new stretches. These stretches may not look the way they should because of a lack of flexibility. 😉
With that being said, welcome to my Lower Body Stretching Routine.
Even though I’m not the best model to show you these stretches, I still wanted to show you exactly what I do as a post workout stretching routine for my glutes and lower body. After every single workout I stretch the muscles worked in my workout, but sometimes when I exercise and it is an upper body day, I still practice many of these stretches after my workout to enhance the flexibility in my glutes and hips.
I sit alllllll day long at a desk and because of this, my hip flexors are becoming over tight which means only one thing. If I don’t do something about it now, sooner (more than later) I will begin to feel some back pain. Lower back pain is by far the most complained about thing I hear on a daily basis. Working in an office full of people who don’t even have to get out of their seat the whole day causes for a few complaints.
Rather than looking forward to the future back pain to come, I’ve taken the initiative to begin working towards increasing flexibility in my hip flexors, glutes and inner thighs to help prevent this tightness from sitting all day long. If I work at it now, then the back pain caused by over tight muscles won’t ever be a problem.
You don’t have to work at a job where you have to sit all day in order for this routine to work for you…but if you do sit all day…..do.this.routine. It will help you overall; whether or not you exercise.
|| the routine ||
This routine is quite simple and is great for beginners. (I would know as I am one ;)) There are a few stretches that I’ve tried in the past, but I haven’t really made a routine out of them. Now that I’ve been doing this routine for about a month, I’m gaining a little more flexibility and are ready to share the pictures without feeling like a total goofball.
Remember, when beginning any stretching routine to go into the stretch at a nice, slow, controlled pace. If you feel any pain STOP. Stretching should not cause pain, but can cause discomfort. Know the difference between these two. These
When I stretch, I hold each pose anywhere between 30 seconds to 90 seconds, or you can count your breaths. In the beginning, try holding the stretch for 5 slow, deep breaths, then release and repeat. As you do the routine a few times, move into holding each pose for 10 slow, deep breaths then release and repeat.
|| give me time and those splits will be done right! 🙂 ||
For this particular routine, I start with the first two stretches then move through stretches 3 – 8 using the same side of my body, before moving into the last stretch. Then I will begin back at the beginning, still completing the first two exercises, then moving through 3 – 8, this time focusing on the opposite side of my body.
You can do the routine the same way as I complete it, or you can simply perform each stretch on both sides of the body before moving to the next stretch.
Do what you feel comfortable with and make it work for you.
Some times I will go back and hold any stretches that really felt tight while I was holding them, just to get more of a deep stretch in. Afterwards, I always feel sooooo good, especially in my hips, but as I already mentioned, my stretching will always depend on the type of workout I do.
Before taking these stretching pictures, I did this workout and well…what can I say, it was good. I don’t know if you can tell but there’s some pretty good sweaty hair and a good red face in these pictures. 😉
After the workout when I began taking these pictures, Zoey thought it would be fun to try to be in every single picture. After having to play with her in between every stretch picture, I finally I decided I’d let her in on one and snuck in a little kiss.