Improving your flexibility brings multiple benefits to both your performance and recovery—so if you’ve been wanting to start stretching, this is your kickstart!
Flexibility exercises or stretches will increase your range of motion, hence preventing chances of injury as well as improving your overall performance in any activity. It also eases tension and soreness in muscles, especially a tight back. Keep reading below if you want to check out Lye’s favourite exercises for flexibility.
- Kneeling hip flexor stretch
This will stretch out multiple muscles simultaneously- your hip flexors, shoulders, quads as well as your back.
Lye’s tip: Never let your knees go over your toes!
- L’s and splits
A very simple and basic exercise, but no doubt effective in stretching the back of your legs (hamstrings) as well as your back. The side stretches will extend and lengthen your obliques.
- Handstand-back stretch
This stretch isn’t exactly beginner-friendly, unless you’re prepared to try just for fun. A little more complicated, this stretch works your back.
Lye also believes that to consistently improve flexibility, you should stretch at least every 2 days, and to hold each stretch for 30 seconds. Also, remember to breathe.
If you want to try Lye’s favourite stretches (maybe just the first 2 if you’re starting small), give them a go and let us know how it goes down below in the comments section. Yes to increased flexibility!