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6 Stretches to Improve Your Flexibility

January 19th, 2016

I’m so tempted to start this post like an infomercial or prescription drug advertisement: Do you suffer from aches and pains? Do you find that you don’t bend like you used to? Are you suddenly grunting and groaning when you stand up or sit down? If so, ask your doctor about… stretching. That’s right people, stretching: the solution for so many of our muscular and joint issues that’s incredibly obvious, yet not done nearly enough.

As a child I took my flexibility for granted. Immersed in gymnastics and cheerleading, I could bend and split and fold in just about any direction until the age of 18. But now? Things just don’t work the way they used to. And while I could make excuses and complain that I do yoga and barre regularly, the truth is that I need to be stretching at home every. single. day. I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to return to being that limber, agile girl I used to be, and I knew that a consultation with Kate Waitzkin was the place to start. Click through as she shares and demonstrates the 6 stretches you should be doing regularly to improve your flexibility.

tutorials photographed by Jessica Attie; instructions and demonstrations by Kate Waitzkin; location: Mod Fitness in Austin; Kate wears a pink top from Hyde and leggings from Outdoor Voices; featured image from Free People

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  1. Traci says:

    I just recently started doing yoga regularly and find myself loving how stretched out I feel after! The low crescent lunge with a twist is one of my favorites…that I never would have done on my own. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jordan Fronk says:

    I’ll do whatever Kate says to do, really… I will.

  3. Kim says:

    My personal trainer uses bands that hang from the ceiling for our stretches. When you use all of your body weight against gravity it’s a very good feeling.

  4. Bonita says:

    I’d only recently added Yoga to my getting fit routine, as luck would have it one of my large hounds barreled past me and injured my knee. I had surgery to repair the worst of it earlier this month, however the Doc tells me it may be a year of more before I can get back to even my beginning level of yoga. Surely there are things I can do until the knee is stronger to continue my need to improve flexibility? Unfortunately we don’t have affordable Yoga instruction nearby and I am raising Grandkids on a fixed income. Suggestions?

    • I hear you! It’s expensive! Camille has lots of yoga flows and tutorials. Your Mindful Collective also post’s weekly sets of poses you can use (but googling yoga poses for beginners is a good place to start too!)

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