Here are 6 resistance band stretches to help increase your flexibility:
Keeping your legs as straight as possible, pull the band towards your head. Start slowly, and go only as far as you can go while keeping your legs straight. Pause, then try and go a little further.
Shoulder warm up stretch
Move your arms back, forward, and side-to-side until you feel your shoulders opening up. Start slowly
Keep your back flat, then lean your chest forward as far as you can while keeping your shoulders above your head. Your goal should be to get your chest to touch the floor, but just go as far as feels comfortable first.
Band assisted straddle stretch
Straddle as wide as you can while still keeping your legs straight. Use your hands to press down on your thighs to get deeper into your straddle.
Kneeling shoulder stretch
Stretch both hands overhead, push your chest out, and breathe into the stretch. The more you stick your chest out and arch your back, the deeper this stretch will feel.
Standing pike stretch
Bring your arms overhead then bend over as far as you can while keeping your legs straight.
Try and stretch at least three times a week for best results, aiming to hold each stretch for 30-45 seconds. The more consistent you are, the quicker you’ll build your flexibility!
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