Spring Stretches

Once winter is over, chances are that you are a) out in the garden b) walking the hills c) running through the park, depending on your preference. 

Here’s a few simple tips that can help you to stay flexible all spring and into summer.

Gardening

Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash

Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash

Remember to not stay in one position for too long and take regular breaks. If bent down weeding for a while, for example, get up and walk about or rake or dig instead.

Top tip: the back comes in for a lot of wear while gardening so make sure to take care of it. One lovely exercise for the back is to lie on the floor, pull your knees up to your chest and rock gently from side to side for a couple of minutes. 

Read my blog on stretches for gardeners for more tips.

Walking

Stretches for walking in Shropshire

Stretches for walking in Shropshire

Drink plenty of water on a hike as this will help your muscles recover quicker.

Gently stretch your feet and legs when you get home.

Top tip: rotate one of your ankles and with your leg stretched out, pull your foot towards you.

This helps ease the calves. Try both sides. 

Read my blog on stretches for walkers for more tips.

Running

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

Whether out and about or on the treadmill at the gym, be sure to warm up before your run. You can do this by starting at a walk and gradually picking up the pace.  

Top tip: treat your Hamstrings to a nice stretch when you get home. Lie on your back, put a cord or towel around the bottom of your foot and with a straight leg, bring your leg up to 90 degrees from the floor, or as close as you can comfortably get. Don’t force the leg to go higher than it can. Hold for 30 seconds and do 3 times on each side. 

Read my Top 10 Tips For Runners to find out more.

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