Not only are the splits an iconic move to bust out at a party, they are also a great way to keep your body limber and flexible. Although it may seem as though performing the splits takes years of professional training, the reality is, they are not that difficult – all it takes is practicing four simple stretches. Just remember never to force yourself or overstretch, as that increases the risk of injury. So, take it slow and do it at your own pace. If you’re ready to challenge your flexibility, here are some stretches to get you started!
Start seated on the floor and split your legs to make a V-shape, stretching your legs as far to the sides as your flexibility allows. Hold for 15-30 seconds and try to lean down forward as you exhale. If you want a deeper stretch, you can place your feet against the wall.
Start seated on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together to touch in front of you. Keep your chest up and shoulders relaxed as you try to push your knees down as close to the floor as possible. Hold for 15-30 seconds. If you want more of an intense stretch, you can reach your palms out in front of your toes as far as your body allows.
Standing: start standing and place a foot in front of you, keeping both feet pointed forward. Slowly fold forward towards the thigh that is placed forward, making sure to keep both your legs straight. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Lying: start on the floor, lying on your back with knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Pull your right knee to your chest while keeping your leg straight, holding it behind the thigh or calf for support. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Start with your hands and knees on the floor. Step your right foot into a forward lunge position with your right leg forward and then extend your left leg back until you are on the ball of your left foot. Make sure the left knee is off the floor slightly. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side. If you would like a deeper stretch, lower onto your forearms.
Do 2-3 rounds of the these stretches and keep practicing. It’s important to build a routine and have time dedicated during the week for stretching exercises. Whether it be 15 minutes a day or a full hour of yoga, just remember to be consistent. To further support your flexibility, Bod’s Flexofytol supplement harnesses a powerful curcumin extract to enhance mobility and help to maintain general wellbeing – soon enough, you’ll be doing the splits without a problem!
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