Can you touch your toes? Whether you're a seasoned sprinter or a sedentary worker, anyone can have flexibility problems. Over time, such habits as skipping a post-workout stretch or prolonged sitting can cause tight hamstrings and hips. And although some people don't mind the long-distance relationship that's developed between their hands and toes, loss of lower limb and back flexibility is a health hazard.
For muscles to stay supple, they require constant conditioning. When hips and hamstrings aren't stretched, they shrink, creating tension on surrounding structures such as the pelvis. When pelvic positioning shifts, lower back pain, limited mobility, increased risk of herniated discs, decreased range of motion, abdominal weakness, and other injuries can occur.
Live like the loose and limber by practicing the following simple stretches once a day. All you need for this workout is a towel or resistance band. Although these exercises are designed to support those with spinal instability, those with lower back pain should always practice caution by consulting a physician before activity.
Areas stretched: abdomen, neck, back and hips
Areas stretched: hamstrings, hips and glutes
Pacifying pigeon pose
Areas stretched: hips and glutes
Areas stretched: hips, glutes and lower back
Feel good from head-to-toe by finding time for flexibility.