Exercise of the Week–SPINE STRETCH FORWARD

This is a good option for tight hamstrings. It is a pretty gentle exercise so really try to focus on the breathing and engaging the core muscles. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Sit up tall with your legs straight out, hip distance apart, feet flexed. If this is an uncomfortable position, try sitting on a pillow. Let your arms rest in between your legs.
  • Inhale: Drop your chin toward your chest and curl forward rounding through the upper back and shoulders.
  • Exhale: Hinge forward from the the hips reaching your arms toward your feet. Blow all the air out as your stretch deeper.
  • Inhale: Hinge back from the hip joint
  • Exhale: Lengthen through the spine back to a tall seated position.
  • Repeat 3-8 times. Each time try to stretch further as the muscles warm up.

Notes: Remember to keep the feet flexed so that you incorporate more of the leg muscles. Try to make rounding forward and hinging forward (and back) two separate motions so that you practice isolating muscles and controlling the movement. Even though they are separate, do try and flow smoothly from one to the next. As always, enjoy taking a moment for you and you body!


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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