Walking Stretches

It’s the first thing to go after finishing a long walk, but if muscles tight, they can not only be uncomfortable, they can also create tension and possibly pull your body out of alignment. To keep our bodies functioning properly, read below for simple stretches you can perform after your next long walk!

Hamstring Stretch
Extend one leg with toes up and place on a chair, step or bench. Slightly tilt your torso forward until a stretch is felt in the back of your leg. Hold 30 seconds, repeat 3x

 

Calf Stretch
Stand with your feet hip width apart and step one foot behind your body. Turn your toes forward, shift weight to your front leg and keep your back heel down. You will feel a stretch in your calf of the back leg. Hold 30 seconds repeat 3x.

 

Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel with one foot forward on a comfortable surface. Rotate your hips under (tuck your pelvis under your hips) and slightly lean forward. You will feel a stretch in the front of your thigh of the posterior leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3x on each side.

Need some more guidance as you begin your walking or new exercise routine? Stop in or call any of our clinics today! Also, follow along with any RET social media this month for more relevant tips!

RET Physical Therapy Group has been “Your neighborhood physical therapy clinic,” since it was founded in 1973. The company is made up of 24 locations in the Puget Sound area that are all locally owned and operated by a team of physical therapists focused on a single purpose: to provide consistent, quality patient care within neighborhoods and communities. For more information, visit www.retptgroup.com

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