Today's exercise of the week is one I've blogged about before, but I was inspired to do so again when I asked a client if she was doing her stretching after her workout. Her response: "Well, do you always stretch after your workouts?"
Answering a question with a question is a common deflection tactic among clients, but it never really works. Trainers are like parents and clients are like children - You must do what we say, not what we do. That's wrong, I know, but don't hate the player...hate the game.
The truth is, many of us skip stretching because we run out of time and/or don't really see the point. However, we really do need to stretch - For recovery, better range of motion and relaxation and this total body timesaver stretch is a great option if you run out of time.
This is one of my favorite stretches because it hits multiple muscles at the same time, if you do it right. The lunge stretches the quads and hip flexors of the front leg and you get the calf involved with the back leg. If you stretch your opposite arm overhead and slightly back, you should feel a nice stretch in the shoulder and chest.
Do it right: Get into a lunge position, right leg forward, left leg back. Bend the knees and squeeze the right glute to push the hip forward, stretching the quad and hip flexor. At the same time, press the left heel to the floor and reach the left arm up and back, stretching the chest. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Do this stretch about 3 times for maximum flexibility results.
If you do have more time, try my all time favorite stretching routine Total Body Ball Stretch and let me know what you think.
What's your favorite timesaver stretch? Leave a comment and tell us about it.