Pictures of People Stretching
Stretching is an essential part of any fitness routine if you want to remain flexible. Warming up before stretching is important as you should never stretch cold muscles -- doing so can lead to injury.
Looking at pictures of people stretching can help you see how to perform the stretches correctly. Hold the poses for 20 to 30 seconds and don't bounce.
This Cobra pose is great for the back and arms.
Take slow, steady breaths as you stretch. People sometimes forget to breathe!
As you stretch your arms overhead, feel the movement in your back. Lean over to one side and you'll feel the stretch on your opposite side.
For the Legs
You don't have to be a runner to appreciate this stretch.
It's great for stretching the inner thighs. Bend forward as much as you can but not until you feel any pain. If a stretch hurts, don't do it.
Target the muscles on the front of your thighs with this stretch. It's wonderful to do after running, walking or biking.
Use the wall or a chair to lightly hold onto for balance if needed.
Stretching the Arms
This is a good choice for cool-down stretching. It can be part of a relaxing routine for bringing down your heart rate after a cardio workout.
Simply place one arm overhead, bend at the elbow and touch your back. Use the opposite hand to gently press your elbow for a deeper stretch.
Inner Thigh Stretch
This is another inner thigh stretch, done while standing.
On the bent leg, your knee shouldn't extend past your toes.
People sometimes neglect to stretch the calf muscles, preferring to focus on larger muscles like the glutes and hamstrings.
It's important to stretch the calf muscles as well, as tight muscles can be uncomfortable.
Pull up on your toes and feel the stretch all the way up the back of your leg.
This is another way to stretch the calf muscles. You can lean against a wall, or as seen here, enjoy the outdoors and use a tree.
If this slideshow of people stretching has motivated you, why not check out pictures of people exercising for even more inspiration?