Maybe you've never given stretching too much of a chance, or maybe you did, only to abandon the practice because: (1) your flexibility did not increase; (2) you ended up aggravating an old injury; (3) you created a new injury; or (4) you kept toppling over during the standing stretches.
If one of the above scenarios sounds like you, I ask that you shake it off and consider the following: In order to properly stretch without pain or overextending, one must first resist.
While this may sound counterintuitive, it is often the missing key to people improving their flexibility and feeling great while doing it.
Let's use a simple hamstring stretch as an example.
Lie on your back with your legs extended. Bend your right knee in toward your chest and grab your right foot with both hands. Breathe deeply as you begin to straighten your right leg by kicking your foot into your hands and up toward the ceiling. As you press your right foot up and then in toward your head, kick (resist) your left leg in the opposite direction, down toward the ground.
By simultaneously contracting and lengthening, you are engaging in safe stretching that will both immediately and over time increase your flexibility and strength.
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