Toe Touches are a great streching exercise for stress reduction, as we hold a lot of stress in the back of our legs.
Targeted stretching exercises help you feel more flexible and invigorated - plus, they help you relax and realign your body.
Always remember, stretching should feel good, not painful. Almost every stretch imaginable can be modified no matter how tight or perhaps over-weight you may be. For any stretch, only stretch to the point of comfort. There should never be an exception to this golden rule of safety.
In addition, stretching is a great stress buster to get up and do through out your day, especially if you spend many hours sitting at your job.
How to perform Standing Toe Touches:
- Place your right leg on a chair or railing, making a 90-degree angle with the other leg.
- Keep your left leg straight and lean forward, touching the toes of your right leg. Again, do not bounce.
- Switch legs; do the same thing.
- Repeat the exercise one or two times.
Sitting Toe Touch
Not feeling quite balanced or strong enough for the standing toe touches just yet? Try the sitting variation. It's safe and most importantly, effective.
Floor Toe Touches
Always remember, stretching should feel good, not painful. Only stretch to the point of comfort.
Stretching is a great stress buster to get up and do through out your day, especially if you spend many hours sitting at your job.
Power Tip: Hold a weight plate or dumbbell across your chest. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor without reaching with your hands. Only do this if you are strong throughout your core. When you first try this, use a light weight plate or dumbbell and see how your body reacts to the added resistance.
How to perform Floor Toe Touches:
- Lie on your back with your legs and arms extended toward the ceiling.
- Slowly lift your head and shoulders as you reach as high as you can with your fingers
- Lie back down slowly, carefully
When doing sit-ups, or any exercises where you are lying on the floor, it is best to have a good thick foam exercise mat underneath you to protect your back, spine, and butt bones.
If you're having any difficulty with the toe touches, this is an alternative until you feel ready to tackle the toes!
The palm touch exercise is a great stretching exercise to do after warming up your body with low impact aerobic type exercise. It helps warm and prepare your muscles for the challenge you're about to give them.
Toe touches would be the next step up, but if you have difficulty keeping your legs straight doing toe touches, don't force or bounce! Do these palm touches first, until you've developed more flexibility for a straight leg toe touch. You get just as much benefit and forcing only leads to problems.
How to perform The Palm Touch Exercise
- Bend your knees slightly.
- Try to touch the floor by bending from the waist. Do not bounce.
- Hold the position for ten seconds, and then repeat one to two times.
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