Friday, February 10, 2017

V's Stretching Routine

Stretching is a treat for me and because of my new grown love for it, I have been focusing on doing it more often. Over the past couple months, I have made sure to stretch anywhere from 4-6 days a week for at least 15 minutes. And it has helped me so much because when I don't stretch I will like a crippled old lady. Stretching alone has so many benefits too! Like flexibility enhancement, injury reduction, stress relief, organ improvement, blood flow, and more. So why not stretch? It is the laziest kind of workout can do if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.


Once I am warmed up and only when I am warmed up I start stretching. Do not stretch when your muscles are cold, this is one of the most dangerous things you could do to yourself. Stretching cold puts you at risk of pulling a muscle and trust me that will hurt!


There are two kinds of stretching. Dynamic stretching is when you are continuously moving in order to warm up your muscles typically dynamic stretches are done before a workout. Examples of dynamic stretches are lunge twists, hip rotations, arm circles, leg swings, etc. Static stretching is when you hold a position for about 30 seconds that is minimally challenging. All the photos are examples of static stretches.

 Static stretching is most beneficial after a workout or whenever your body is warmed up. Static stretching will help your muscles gain flexibility and reduce soreness.

 One of my goals this year is to be able to finally do the splits, there forward a lot of the stretching I do is directed in that area. The splits is always something I have been close to doing but never really put enough work into it. I set my mind to this one goal this year. In the first few pictures, I am stretching my hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps. (Runners lunge with feet in parallel then turn out,  hamstring stretch with flexed and pointed foot, lunge with leg up, and pigeon stretch)

 Pigeon again! Pigeon stretch is one of my favorite stretches.


 This is called a seated saddle stretch. Found this out today while I was googling names of stretches. This stretch will stretch your inner thighs and back.

 Butterfly stretch! Important note: make sure to drink water before or during stretches. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

 This one is called the happy baby stretch. Do you see why? This will open up your hips.

 Then onto center splits stretches. There are so many ways to stretch center splits but I like to go from side to middle to other side then back to the middle. Obviously, I'm not the most flexible here.


 In these two pictures, I stretch with a flat back then allow my back to curve. I find it helpful to hold your arms out when you do flat back just to make sure you aren't curving your back.


Then I roll on my back and stretch with knees into the chest then extended and I repeat the same thing to the side.

And lastly, I do center splits and left and right splits. Don't be fooled- there is a decent amount of space between my butt and the ground. The angle of this picture makes it look like I am a lot closer to the ground than I actually am. But, there you have it- my current stretching routine. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments! 

26 comments:

  1. AAHHH I'M SO HAPPY YOU POSTED THIS!! I've been looking around for new stretch routines because I'm sort of bored of my current one and it's not doing much for me. I will DEFINITELY try this!! Thank you!!

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    1. I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKE IT! If you try these let me know how it all goes!

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  2. Stretching! Yes! This is awesome and I will have to try these...like pronto! XD

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    1. Thank you, stretching is painfully relaxing!

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  3. Those stretches look really good! Stretching is something I've been trying to get into more, and I needed some more to add to my routine, so thank you! And good on you for going for the splits! :)

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    1. Keep at it! I know that sometimes a day can be so busy but try to stay on it!

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  4. Good stretches. I really think the center split stretch helps not only for the center splits, but for just feeling nicely stretched out. Keep working at the splits. I just get out my phone while I'm doing the splits and it helps get your mind off the pain. I can the splits so I'm working on the center splits now. Ugh it hurts, but it's getting better.

    Keep working at it :D

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. You couldn't be more right about how the center splits does more than help that area. I do the same thing sometimes when I stretch it can be pretty boring and painful sometimes.

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  5. I *REALLY* want to start getting into yoga/stretching and getting my fitness levels up this year! Thank you for sharing this, it seems like such a great place to start!! :) x

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    1. DO IT!!! It is a really great way to feel healthier.

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  6. These are really good stretches, V. I've never been into stretching that much, but for the past few weeks I've really started getting into it because of skating. My skating gets so much more better when I've been stretching for a while. Though, I took the last week off because I was sick, so I need to get back into it. I've been trying to get the split too, but it UH IS NOT HAPPENING. haha. I loved this post!! (Dude, stretching is so important though. Like, there's a jump in skating called a split jump...where you split in the air on a jump. WOWOWOWOWOW)

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    1. I am sure that it will help a bunch with skating!! I can't imagine doing any of that! I would fall flat on my face trying to do a jump split ... on ice!! YOU GO GIRL!

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  7. Great idea for a post! I did ballet/tap/jazz/swing for 8ish years, but then stopped, and I really want my splits back. These stretches are some of my favorites! Especially pigeon, it feels so good 🤗

    Hailey
    haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I bet you are a super talented dancer! Pigeon is such a good one!

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  8. Oh, this is such a good idea for a post! I'll definitely be taking inspiration for some stretches from this! I really need to getting better at stretching!

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    1. Take all of the ideas! These stretches help so much!

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  9. I've been doing a lot of stretching lately too!! And omg yes I was sick for a week and didn't stretch AT ALL and now I totally feel like a crippled old lady :''') but yes stretching feels SOOO GOOD. And you're right -- it's the laziest kind of exercise!! haha. WIN. <3

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    1. It is such a great thing! HAHA hoping you don't feel crippled anymore!

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  10. "Do not stretch when your muscles are cold." Did you know that you just changed my life? I've been doing it wrong for years - now it seems so simple and I really should've known. :') But I totally agree with you. What's the harm in stretching while you're young?

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    1. YESSSS! I knew that someone would find that tip beneficial! I am glad that you found it. Haha... is there a harm?

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  11. This is so great! I love stretching so much. You're really flexible!!

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  12. WOAH you are so flexible. That split :O

    Awesome post. I wish I was as dedicated and as flexible haha :(

    Skylar | Skywriting

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  13. thanks for posting about this. i am SO, SO bad about stretching. i'm gonna try to get in the habit of doing these. :]

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    1. Thank you for viewing it! It's time consuming but worth while!

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