Stretches and Warm Ups You Can Do before an Intense Workout

Not doing the right stretching techniques before working out can get you sick or you risk making your muscles extra sore in the morning after your work out. What is more, stretching is very important because it helps your heart reach the right heart rate and keep everything in your body ready and conditioned.

If you want to make sure that you stretch the right way before a work out, here are some stretching techniques that you need to try:

Hip stretch with twist

Areas hit: Arms, Hamstrings, Butt, Abs

  • Position yourself in a lunge position with your left leg firmly planted on the floor and your right hand on the inside of your left knee.
  • Twist your torso to the left and raise your left arm straight over your head.
  • Hold for 2 – 3 seconds.
  • Release and repeat on the other side.

Front kick with hand reach

Areas hit: Full body.

  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart with arms on your sides.
  • Kick your left leg up
  • Try to touch your left toe.
  • Release back to the ground.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Alternate back and forth until you have reached 6- 8 reps per side.

Reverse lunge with reach

Areas hit: Full Body.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Hands on your sides.
  • Step back with your left leg until you are in a lunging position.
  • Reach your hands up as high as you can over your head.
  • Bring your hands down.
  • Step your left leg forward beside your right leg.
  • Repeat on each side.
  • Alternate until you reach 4-6 reps.

Push up “T”

Areas hit: Abs, and arms

  • Get into a push up position.
  • Hands shoulder width apart.
  • The body must be in a straight line.
  • Lower down towards the ground and press back up to a plank position.
  • Twist your body open up to the left side and lift your left arm straight above your head.
  • Come back to the plank position.
  • Do a push up.
  • Repeat on the right side.

Torso rotation with lunge.

Areas hit: Full Body.

  • Step into lunging position with your most prominent leg.
  • Bring your hands together in front of you.
  • While in the lunge position, twist torso as far as you can to the left.
  • Hold for at least 2-3 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Do these stretching techniques regularly before you start an intense workout and prepare your body for the workout as well as avoid injury.

Stretching is very important because it helps your heart reach the right heart rate and keep everything in your body ready and conditioned.

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