Stretching is so important when it comes to health and fitness.
Especially when it comes to the legs – if you want to get sexy legs you have to consider adding those extra 15 minutes of stretching to your daily workout routine.
Why? Because stretching helps you keep the muscles flexible, makes them stronger and healthy and we need all of that to maintain a range of motion in the joints.
Without stretching, the muscles shorten and become tight, instead of lean and long.
This means that when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.
That’s why stretching is crucial.
And trust me, it was right after I started stretching daily when I actually got the best results when it comes to performance while working out, running and my overall looks.
You should make sure to stretch it all out right after your workout, that way you’ll make a great cool down for your muscles too.
And you should always focus on the largest muscle group, the legs.
I have my own stretching routine I use daily, to stretch out my back, core, and arms, but what I never miss to stretch are the legs.
And today I’ll talk about stretching those legs and giving them that nice lean and long shape we all want.
Perform these stretches for lean legs at least 3 times a week, and you’ll get more flexible, you’ll improve your fitness performance and get sexy legs along the way.
Let’s get started right now!
Stretch #1: Downward Dog
This pose is so good to start with, especially for stretching out those hamstring and calf muscles.
It really opens up those back leg muscles starting from the lower back, all the way down to the feet.
You can try transferring the weight from one feet to another, banding the other knee and really try to achieve that deep stretch.
If you feel flexible enough, you can try extending one of the legs up, before heading on to the next pose.
Stretch #2: Low Lunge
From downward dog, head on to the next stretch, the lower lunge.
You just need to step your right foot forward between your hands, placing the right knee over the heel.
Touch your left knee to the floor keeping the right knee fixed in place.
You can do this keeping your palms on the floor, or if you feel flexible enough you can try lowering down to your elbows.
Either way, keep it in the pose for at least 10 breaths.
Stretch #3: Low Lunge Quad Stretch
Next we have the deep lunge again, but this time, your chest should be up instead of facing down.
Your whole torso should be facing front, your front knee on top of your foot and your back knee kissing the floor.
Now this is a bit tricky, especially when it comes to both flexibility and balance:
With your hand(s) reach out your back foot that’s lying on the floor, grab it and pull it as closer to your body as possible.
This works so good on the quads, dragging them into a deep stretch.
I usually feel discomfort in the back knee, so before starting the pose I make sure to add an extra yoga mat or blanket.
Also, watch out for cramp in the back hamstring, that always happens to me.
Stay in this stretch for 10 deep breaths.
Stretch #4: Pigeon Pose
Another great stretch for the back of the legs, hips and butt is the pigeon pose.
Don’t worry if you can’t do this at first, take your time and practice and you’ll get there I promise.
It’s a hip opening pose and I love the feels afterwards, since it helps eliminate pain and nervous tension.
If you feel flexible enough, or if you want to go even deeper in the stretch, lay your torso and arms in front of you, resting over your folded front leg.
Stretch #5: Forward Fold
You can do the forward fold either standing or sitting, whichever you choose you won’t go wrong.
I call this stretch “the hamstring opener” since it feels like your hamstring muscles are just going to walk out and leave your legs, especially if you’re doing it standing.
You can go with your hands as close to the floor and as close to your legs as you can.
I usually hug my legs it helps me pull my torso closer to my legs and really achieve that deep stretch.
Stretch #6: The Runners Stretch
Yes, that’s what they call it, since it’s probably the best hamstring and calf stretch for runners of all.
Start kneeling by extending one leg out, leaving your other leg back and your knee kissing the floor.
Keep the thigh of the extended leg engaged, and flex the toes back towards your shin. Hold for 10-20 breaths and repeat it on the other side.
This works so good on extending those hamstrings, lengthening your back leg muscles and improving the flexibility.
Stretch #7: Deep Squat Stretch
This is one of the best poses for opening the hips and really stretching out those inner thighs.
What you should do is squat as deep as you can, with your feet wider than you hips, placing your elbows on the inside of the knees, forcing them to go wide.
Go as wide as you can, leaving your back straight and your chest up.
Stretch #8: Reclining Hero Stretch
I love how this stretch works on the quads.
Beginners often find this pose a bit hard to master, but once you go into the stretch, you’ll feel amazing results.
Start from sitting on your feet and try lowering your torso back, with your hands on the ground for support.
If it’s too hard for you, just split your legs a bit wider, since the closer they are the harder it is.
You can also try it with one leg at a time, the other can be relaxed, or straight on the floor.
Stretch #9: Butterfly Pose
And last but definitely not least of the stretches for lean legs, the butterfly pose.
You can’t get sexy legs without this one, babes :)
For beginners, you just try to get your heels closer to your body as possible and your knees as closer to the ground as possible, and for all of you out there that are in the game already, try reaching in front with your hands, leading your whole torso into the deep stretch.
Now Go Get Those Sexy Legs!
Include these stretches for lean legs in your daily workout routine, and you’ll get sexy legs faster.
You’ll improve your fitness performance and widen your range of motion, to make sure to always get the most out of every workout.
Plus, getting leaner and longer muscles.
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Till next time!