When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.
But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?
We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and author of “Age Defying Fitness,” to go over some of the best basic stretches for everyone.
Remember: Don’t do these stretches if they make you uncomfortable or if you have existing muscle problems. Instead, consult a physical therapist.
First things first: Get seated with good posture. Having that will help you do these stretches correctly.
Start with some neck rotations. Be sure to hold each side for 30 to 60 seconds. This applies to all stretches.
For the neck tilt, be sure to pull your left arm down toward the floor, either holding onto the chair or just pulling down.
For this pose, a little bend is all you need. It's just enough to stretch out your spine without going too far.
For the back-scratch stretch, be sure the top palm is facing toward the body while the bottom palm faces out.
For the heel-chord stretch, you should feel your back leg's muscles feeling the stretch, especially along the calf.
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