These Full-Body Stretches Will Help You Find Your Flexibility
Alicia Archer's 6 Moves To Improve Your Flexibility
This full-body stretching guide will increase your overall mobility—and make you better at your future fitness pursuits.
Open Lunge Hip Shift
They only take a few minutes, promise!
Side to side
Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointing out slightly. Hinge at hips, lower chest, and place fingertips on ground (A). Place right hand on inner right thigh. Bend right knee, shifting weight to right leg, using right hand to pulse right knee back (B). Repeat on opposite side (C).
Benefit: This increases hip mobility by stretching the inner thighs and groin.
Start with feet wider than hip-width apart, a slight bend in knees and fingertips on ground (A). Shift weight back, lowering into a quarter squat and stretching chest down and back (B). Return to “A” and repeat.
Benefit: This stretches the hips and inner thighs while also working on ankle mobility and spinal flexion.
Standing arch + curl + arms circles
Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms at sides; palms forward (A). Tuck tailbone, pull abs in, and reach arms back (B). Circle arms up to shoulders as you arch back (C). Continue lifting arms while maintaining arch (D). As arms move forward, drop head and pull hips back, coming into a C-curve (E). Return to start and repeat.
Benefit: This targets shoulders, chest, back, and abs.
Low squat shifts
With feet wider than hip-width apart, bend knees and lower into a squat with hands on floor (A). Shift weight into right hip, lifting right heel (B). Shift weight to left hip, lowering right foot and lifting left heel (C). Continue alternating back and forth.
Benefit: This increases hip and ankle mobility while stretching inner thighs.