Stretch for Cardio

A brisk five-minute walk is sufficient warm-up, but static stretches often, held for at least 30 seconds, are essential to proper muscle recovery.

1. QUADS / HIP FLEXORS

With left knee fully bent, place your left foot behind you on the handrail. Lower your body until you feel a strong stretch in the left thigh and front hip. Switch egs and repeat.

2. EXTERNAL HIP ROTATORS

Bend your left knee and rotate the hip across your body, placing your left fopt on the handrail (a chair is easier). Stick out your butt and stretch the glutes.

3. CALVES

Place the balls of your feet on the edge of a treadmill or raised platform, allowing your heels to hang off the back. Holding the handrails, press your heels to the floor.

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