Tight hamstrings? Sore back? Stiff hips? Loosen up, already! Perform some of these super-effective, easy-to-follow stretches once or twice a day (any time, other than right before a workout), a few days each week, and you’ll start feeling the flex benefits in no time.
Stretches provided by: Julie Erickson, Endurance Pilates & Yoga; Lashaun Dale, Equinox
Sit tall on floor with soles of feet together, knees bent out to sides. Grasp feet with hands, engage abs, and slowly lower body toward feet, going only as far as comfortable, and then holding there for 45 seconds to two minutes. Slowly release. If this pose is uncomfortable for you, elevate hips onto a couple of blankets, and then try again.
Stretches neck, back, glutes, hamstrings, thighs