I have to give credit where credit is due. While I’m not athletic (at all, trust me), I do consider myself quite flexible. I did ballet for a couple of years when I was in kindergarten and first grade and and then on and off during fourth grade, but I don’t think ballet really had anything to do with me and my flexibility.

Flexibility is crucial – it keeps your muscles elongated and supple, reduces the risk of injury, and helps with recovery. For me, my mom “forced” me to stretch every night before bed so that I can grow taller. As a daughter where her dad is 5’7″ (around 170cm) and 5’1″ (around 150 cm), anything that could help me grow taller by even a centimeter was accounted for.

However, even though I’ve stopped growing, this habit of stretching has ingrained in my head and body, that I stretch literally every night I go to sleep.

Below is my stretching routine:

 < Before Bed >

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SINGLE LEG HAMSTRING STRETCH | the key is to keep a straight back and a straight leg, you don’t have to touch your toes
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BOTH LEG HAMSTRING STRETCH | again, the key is to keep a straight back and a straight leg, you don’t have to touch your toes
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BUTTERFLY STRETCH | you don’t necessarily have to be as this happy as this woman, haha; BUT, the key is to keep a straight back while trying to push your knees closer to the ground – you should feel a stretch in your inner thighs
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LYING DOWN QUAD STRETCH | If you’re uber flexible, or you get used to this stretch and want to feel a deeper stretch, try lying down where with your back on the ground 😉

 

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SEATED TORSO TWIST | the key in this stretch is to keep a straight back and every time you breathe out, to twist your body a bit more

 < During the day/In the morning >

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STANDING UP SIDE STRETCH | The key is to keep your feet and legs together and to apply pressure on them. As you apply pressure on your lower body, while keeping a straight back lean to one side and hold. Then reset and lean to the other side. Make sure to breathe!
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STANDING UP LEANING BACK STRETCH | The key is to keep your pelvis stable and to lean your pelvis forward. This allows for maximum stretch. Also, keep your legs and feet together.
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CHAIR TORSO TWIST | I think you got the hang of it by now, but keep a straight back. As you breathe out, twist a bit more.
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STANDING QUAD STRETCH | Everybody has different flexibilities, so move your raised leg forward or backward from your body to get the right stretch. For stability, fix your gaze on ONE point on the ground.
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STANDING HAMSTRING HANG STRETCH | The key is to make sure your legs are straight (don’t make those knees buckle in!) and your back to be straight!

Try to incorporate at least ONE of these stretches this week! I think you’ll feel a difference!

How flexible are you?

xoxo,

Stephanie

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