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Three Simple Exercises to Increase Flexibility

Flexibility is one of the most overlooked aspects of achieving and maintaining a healthy body. The more flexible you are, the less strain your body is put underdoing strenuous situations. Improved flexibility is also essential for all types of athletes. With this in mind, here are a couple of our favorite stretches that can help improve your flexibility!

Lunges With Spinal Twists

The first exercise is the lunge with a spinal twist; this particular exercise will stretch your back, quads, and flexors. This means that your mid-back region (thoracic area) is nice and loose, which can also eliminate mid and lower back pain. It also opens up the hips, making it an ideal stretch for catchers who are looking for ways to add a little more zing to their throws.

Start by putting your left foot forward and your right foot back. Then take your right hand and place it face down, flat on the ground. Rotate your midsection and reach for the sky with your left hand. From here, you hold this position for about 30 seconds to start, slowly working your way up to 2 minutes.

Seated Shoulder Squeeze

To correct or improve posture problems and tension in the upper back, you should be doing the seated shoulder squeeze. This exercise will also stretch the muscles and tendons associated with the rotator cuff.

Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Put your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers. Slowly straighten your arms out while trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold this position for three to four seconds and then relax. Repeat this process anywhere from five to ten times per session.

Knee to Chest Stretch

This is an oldie but a goodie that works the lower back, hips, and hamstrings.

Start by laying on your back with both of your legs extended and relaxed. Pull one knee up to your chest while keeping your lower back and other leg pressed firmly to the floor. Hold this position for up to two minutes and then release and gently shake your leg out. Repeat on the opposite leg. Repeat several times daily.

If you would like to learn more about stretching or would like to know more about flexibility exercises, contact the Schaumburg Seminole today!

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