If stretching is something you don't usually do, then this is for you. Stretching can improve your general well being, calmness, circulation and your clarity of mind. Most people seem to put it off because they don't know where to start, which is why we're doing this one feel-good and ridiculously simple stretch and loving it! The foldover stretch (also called a forward bend or fold) is our go-to, super-effective stretch move - it stretches your neck, back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Basically it targets all of the areas that tend to feel achy, particularly after a long day of sitting. And while it’s a stretch you might have done before, you’ll definitely want to start doing it more often.
Loosen up? Yes please! Here’s how to do it:
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and arms by your sides. Exhale as you bend forward from hips, lowering head toward the floor. Be sure to keep your head, neck, and shoulders relaxed.
- Wrap your arms around backs of your legs and hold anywhere from 45 seconds to two minutes.
- Bend knees and roll up slowly to release.
Tip: If you’re not comfortable reaching that far, bend knees more and/or place hands on elevated surface, like yoga blocks.