Stretching is important to keep limber, warm up muscles before exercise, and also to help relieve tension and improve relaxation. This movement is a great option to stretch the hamstrings and calves.
-Start by getting into the push-up position, but walk your hands back towards your feet so your body is in an inverted “V” position.
-Your heels should be hovering above the ground- move one knee towards your head while keeping your toes on the ground and simultaneously lowering the other heel slightly to the ground (see video below).
-As you lower a heel, move slowly to ensure you don’t overextend the muscle. This movement should not hurt, but only provide a slight stretch for your muscles. If you feel pain, stop immediately.
-Then, shift to bending the opposite leg, and lowering the opposite heel. You should feel the slight pull in your hamstring and calves.
-Repeat the motion ten times on each side. You can hold the position each rotation for a second or two, for a deeper stretch.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.