Coming from a background of soccer I am used to the standard stretches that can be applied for your legs. I can't say I am doing the same routine required of me in High School but have developed one that works for me beautifully. And no, not every stretching day is the same.
Today I had a fantastic stretch after my morning 1.21 miles. My goal today wasn't running, distance, or speed but loosening up my body. So how do I do it? First, I hardly ever stretch without warming up. I would love to say I never do but there are those times at the office, or at home, when I feel I need a little extra and I just go for it.
Here is my favorite standard stretching routine:
Standing Quad Stretch: I aim to hold each leg for 30-60 seconds depending on need. One rep each leg.
Lower Back/Piriformis Stretch: I hold each side for about 30 seconds and just do one rep each.
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch: I hold each leg for 60 seconds and often do two reps.
*All images are Bing images and not my own.
In lieu of my normal ending of "today I am grateful for" listing 5 things, I am switching over to a daily gratitude and daily affirmation for each post. I hope you enjoy!
Daily Gratitude: Today I am grateful for the lovely early morning text from dear hubby thanking me for making coffee.
Daily Affirmation: I am at peace with myself.