First Things First!
Done correctly, every exercise activity should begin with a warm up and some stretching, and end with a cool down period.
Before you do your pre-workout stretching, warm up with some walking, cycling, or similar activity.
Stretching cold muscles can cause injuries.
The goal of stretching is to maintain normal flexibility. Stretch to where you can feel it using a full range of motion.
Dont stretch to the point that you feel pain. Here are some easy stretching techniques.
• Hamstring Stretch.
Lie on your back on the floor with one leg extended on the floor and the other raised, with the knee straight, until you feel the stretch in your hamstring.
• Side Bend Stretch.
Hold a light weight in one hand, lean to that side slowly until you feel the muscle stretching. Great for the abs.
• Neck Stretch.
Turn your head until your chin is over your shoulder, or close, and hold it for 20 seconds. Repeat in the other direction.
• Ankle Stretch.
Hold your foot up and use your toes to write your name in the air. It's fun and keeps ankle muscles strong.