Target those hard to reach areas of the legs and hips as you:
- strengthen and lengthen through your hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, inner thighs, and outer hips
- reduce aches and pains, especially in knees and back
- release tension
- improve sleep
- increase energy
- increase range of motion
- slim and tone saddlebags and inner thighs
You might not consider stretching an important part of weight loss, but it actually plays an important role in any weight loss program. Stretching keeps your body in top shape so that you burn more calories both during and after your workouts and you spend less time recovering from injuries or soreness.
As you age, stretching becomes even more important. Your joints become less flexible over time, putting a crimp in daily activities. It becomes harder to walk, tie your shoes, get in and out of the car, or do activities you used to enjoy. Tight muscles have also been implicated in chronic low back pain, knee pain, and muscle strains. But it’s never too late to reverse some of that tightening to help keep your body limber and pain free.
The best thing about flexibility training is that you don’t have to do it very often or for very long to enjoy the benefits. Just a few minutes of stretching each day will help to improve the range of motion in your joints, decrease the risk of injury during exercise, reduce stress, and help you slim down.
The Oxycise flexibility series utilizes both active and static stretching, warming up your muscles so that they’re more receptive to lengthening out. Everyone can benefit from stretches that release tension, increase functional range of motion, and improve comfort in everyday life.
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This workout should only be used after learning the Oxycise! Breath taught in the Introduction to the Basic Breath and Techniques.