7 Stretches You Should Be Doing After Every Workout

Stretching after a workout can reduce muscle fatigue as well as help your muscles to recover faster after a hard gym session. Stretching is also a great way to improve flexibility and range of motion. Check out our 7 top stretches you should be doing after every workout.

 

1. Neck
Sit upright and tall with your shoulders relaxed. Bring your left ear down toward your left shoulder and feel the stretch. Roll your head down toward the ground and bring your chin to your chest and hold. Finish by rolling your head to the right bringing your right ear to your right shoulder.

2. Chest & Biceps
Stand tall, interlace your fingers behind your back and straighten your arms. With arms straight, lift arms up behind you while keeping your back straight and your shoulders down. Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears.

3. Triceps
Stand tall and place your left elbow in your right hand. Reach your left arm overhead placing your palm on the centre of your back and supporting the elbow in your right hand. Reach your fingertips down your spine. Keep your shoulder relaxed and away from your ears. Repeat with the opposite arm.

4. Hamstrings
Stand tall, with your shoulders down and feet hip-width apart. Bring your left leg forward, heel down, toes up and leg straight. Keep your back straight, abs strong and bend the right knee as if sitting back while supporting yourself with both hands on your thighs. Repeat on the opposite side.

5. Quads
Stand tall, holding on to the wall for balance if required. Keep your feet hip-width apart, your back straight and your feet parallel. Reach back and grab your left foot with your left hand, keeping your thighs lined up next to each other. Repeat on the opposite side.

6. Back
Start on your hands and knees with your hands shoulder-width apart, knees hip-width apart, abs engaged, and your back in a strong but neutral position. Switch on your abs as if pulling your belly button into your spine. Allow your head and neck to fall naturally between your arms.

7. Hips and Glutes
Bend your left knee, and cross your right ankle on your left knee. Grab the back of your left thigh and pull your legs toward your chest. Place your right elbow on the inside of your right knee and push it outwards to feel the stretch. Repeat on the opposite side.

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