Here are a few leg stretching exercises to improve flexibility and relax your taut muscles
Stretching is an integral part of any workout routine. Experts suggest that stretching before and after workout can be very beneficial to your joints and ligaments. A good stretch before your workout can accelerate the warm-up process and some after your workout can help loosen and relax your taut muscles.
Unlike other exercises, there aren’t rigid rules to be followed while stretching. However, that said, it is not advisable to stretch to the point of pain. It is important to start slow and 15 to 16 seconds is time good enough to remain in the stretched-position. As far as legs are concerned, leg stretches can provide great flexibility.
Here are a few leg stretching exercises for flexibility:
Hamstring Hinge Stretch
Keep your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and bend forward from your waist. Bend your knees slightly and try to touch the ground with your fingers. Walk your hands forward while keeping your back straight. Keep at it until your torso is parallel to the floor and your legs are straight. Now walk back slowly. You will be able to feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Repeat.
Stand facing a wall. Keep your palms on the wall at level with your chest. By bending your knees, keep one of your feet in a lunge position and reach back. Try to push your heel into the floor and straighten the back leg while doing so. You will be able to feel a stretch in your calf. You can also bend deeper into the stretch by keeping your back knee bent with your heel on the floor as an alternative.
Side Lunge Stretch
Keep your feet wide apart from each other. Keep your left leg straight and bend your right leg to an angle of 45 degrees. You will now be able to feel a stretch at your inner thigh area of the left leg. By staying in the same position, bend deeper for greater impact. Hold for a few seconds and repeat. If you cannot feel the stretch, keep your feet even wider apart.
Standing Quad Stretch
Stand beside a wall that you can use for support and balance. Keep your feet together and slowly bring up your right heel near your butt. You can use your left arm for support and use your right arm to hold your right ankle and pull it towards your butt. Make sure that your back is straight and your hips are tucked under you. In case you are not able to accomplish this stretch, your hips may be too tight. It is then suggested for you to skip this stretch.
Modified Quad Stretch
Hold the position that is assumed when proposing. Thrust your hips forward and lean into the leg you have in the front. You will now feel a stretch along the leg you have to your back. Hold this position for a few seconds, switch sides and then repeat. Grind these leg stretching exercises for men into your daily routine and make sure your ligaments are as supple as ever.