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6-stretches-to-improve-flexibilityYour body can benefit from stretches, so here are six easy ones for you to do daily!

Starting out each day with a few basic stretches can not only improve flexibility, but it can help improve your body's circulation and well-being. A new stretching routine can also take the place of a skipped or missed workout. Start today and deepen each stretch with every exhalation!

Runner's Stretch

Start out with a lunge and place your fingers on the floor. This should access the hamstring. Take a breath and within one motion, straighten your right leg. Return to the original position after your stretch and switch legs.

Full Moon Stretch

Improve the flexibility of your sides while trimming and toning your obliques. Start with your feet together hands clasped together about your head. Reach upward and inhale. Exhale as your bend your upper body to the left, then the right side.

Forward Hang

Begin with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees bent slightly. Place your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers. Expand your chest by straightening your arms. Breathe out and bend while moving your hands over your head.

Ballerina Stretch

Sit on the floor with the bottom of your feet pressed together while your knees drop towards the ground. Hold onto your shins as you press them down and inhale while moving your chest upward.

Spine Twist

Sit on the floor with your legs straightened. After bending your right knee, place it over your left leg. Place your right hand on the floor behind your back for support. Bend your left elbow while turning to the right. This will place your arm against your right knee. Sit tall as you inhale, exhale as you twist. Repeat on both sides.

Supported back bend

Increase the flexibility of your spine by bending your backward. Start out with your hands placed at the base of your spine. Tilt your head upward as if your are trying to fog up the ceiling. Arch your back and allow your chest to lift.

After starting this routine, your body might need time to adjust. Listen to the pains and strains and stop if you get a red flag. Going too hard too fast could result in injury!

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