Saturday, 26 October 2013

Leg Stretches 1 of 3 - Calf Stretch

The first in a three part series of leg stretches - this video describes the calf (gastrocnemius) stretch.

These stretches are great for anyone that does exercise involving their legs - running, cycling etc.

Effective stretching after exercise as part of your warm-down routine will help maintain your flexibility and can help to prevent the likelihood of injury.

 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Stretch & Strengthen your Back - Press-up - Part 4 of 4

This final video in this series gives you a couple of variations of a simple press-up.  This will help to strengthen your upper body generally; including your shoulders and arms.

As always remember to start slow and build up - initially do 1 set, holding for a few seconds and build up to 3 or 4 sets morning and evening, holding for a count of 30.

As you find a regular place in your day for these exercises they will become a habit and you'll soon find that you can start to build up the time/repetitions - there's no rush.

Next week we start a new series - to help you stretch out your legs.
 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Stretch & Strengthen your Back - Superman Back Extension - Part 3 of 4

The third video in this short series gives you a hugely effective exercise to complement the simple crunch shown in the last video.  This exercise, that I call superman - is a type of back extension and really focuses on your lower back muscles.

As always remember to start slow and build up - initially do 1 set, holding for a few seconds and build up to 3 or 4 sets morning and evening, holding for a count of 30.

As you find a regular place in your day for these exercises they will become a habit and you'll soon find that you can start to build up the time/repetitions - there's no rush.

You will definitely find this exercise easier to master if you get some assistance at least the first time you try it to ensure you only lift your feet a few centimetres from the floor - 8-10cm is plenty.

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