Quad Stretch: These muscles are a major group of the anterior, upper leg. The four muscles are hip flexors working together with the ilio-psoas - their job is to flex the leg for walking, running etc. When any of these muscles are tight and inflexible, they can cause problems in the groin area and lower back resulting in pain and sometimes, inflexibility and postural problems. Many factors influence postural imbalances often due to lifestyle influences - such as slouching on the couch and too much sitting hunched over a computer. If you are concerned about these issues, it is worthwhile checking out our link to BALANCE and POSTURE exercises.
Here below, we have a couple of examples of exercises for you to get going:
The first pic is self explanatory. Lie on right side.
Pick up left foot with left hand and gently pull leg back. Then pull left heel into your backside. Hold for around 20 seconds and remember to breathe deeply while doing so. Close your eyes when you're doing this, I find it helps me focus on what I am doing and seem to get much better results. Repeat with other leg.
The second is a little more complicated. It's basically the same as above but stronger - so go easy to begin. Put the right foot on the left knee and push gently back. Repeat with other leg.
BELOW you have access to our online Correct Posture Test which will help you to discover exactly what stretches will be of benefit to you. You'll also receive our monthly magazine. The magazine, (called NEWSY PILATES STUFF), provides useful illustrated information about exercises and stretches, a little bit of gossip, and video stretches - and of course it's FREE. The form below is a simple one and requires little time to complete.