Lateral Stretch Exercises
Areas stretched: Trunk muscles
Instructions: Step forward and bend your forward knee, keeping it directly above your ankle. Stretch your other leg back so your shin is parallel to the floor. Press your hips forward and down to stretch. Your arms can be at your sides, on top of your knee, or on the ground for balance. Repeat on the other side.
Areas stretched: Hip, front of thigh
Instructions: Stand in a wide straddle with your legs turned out from your hip joints and your hands on your thighs.
Lunge to one side by bending one knee and keeping the other leg straight. Keep your bent knee directly over your ankle; do not bend it more than 90 degrees. Repeat on the other side.
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Areas stretched: Inner thigh, hip, calf
Variation: In the same position, lift the heel of the bent knee to provide additional stretch. The exercise may also be performed with your hands on the floor for balance.
Instructions: Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together. Push your knees toward the floor using your hands or forearms.
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