The Benefits of Stretching

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While keeping your back as upright as possible and your arms up in the air, pull your legs into your chest and straighten them back out. This is one rep.

You can make this exercise easier by putting your hands on the ground beside or behind you. While in the same starting position as in-and-outs, start to move your legs in a circle like you are riding a bike.

Do this for 25 seconds, stop, and reverse the circle. Can also be done with hands at the side or in the air. This is exactly the same as in-and-outs with one major difference. When you pull your legs into your chest, wrap your arms around your knees; and when you straighten them stretch your arms straight out to your sides in the air.

There are two ways to do this one. The easier way is to sit with your legs spread out wide. Lie down and put your right arm behind your head, and then sit up with your left arm pointing straight in the air. Once you are sitting up straight, touch your left arm to the opposite leg. This can also be done with your legs crossed, which is harder. Lie down with your legs straight and lift both of them off the ground.

Lift your right leg at a ninety-degree angle and hover your left leg right above the ground. Switch the left and right leg positions and repeat, keeping both legs straight and off the ground the whole time. Start in a "butterfly stretch" position with your legs bent and feet together, with you knees pointing away from each other. During the exercise, maintain the same distance between your knees. Rock backwards and raise your hips off the ground.

This exercise is all about moving the hips up and down, while using the core to keep the position of your legs intact. Each up-and-down motion counts as one rep.

The motion is the same as the hip rock-and-raise, only both legs are pointed straight up in the air. Leave them in that position and, while lying down, move the hips up and down. Lie down with your legs straight. Do a sit-up and touch your toes. As you lie back down lift your legs up in the air. When you are about halfway to lying back down reach up and touch your toes with your legs still in the air. Leave your hands in the air and bring your legs back down.

Lie on your side with your legs at a forty-five degree angle. Place your bottom arm on the ground to stabilize yourself and your top arm behind your head. Balance on your hips and bring your legs toward your chest and your top elbow toward your knees. Lie on your back with one foot flat on the ground and the other leg lifted toward the ceiling. As you raise your shoulders, "climb" up your leg. There are a few ways to do this. You can reach straight up and touch your toes, or you can grab the side of your leg once for support and then touch your toes.

Do 14 on each leg. Sit up straight with your knees slightly bent and your feet hovering above the floor. Clutch your hands together in a fist in front of your belly-button. Quickly twist from side to side, rotating your whole torso. Touching both sides counts as one rep. This is a lot like the Fifer scissor exercise from the first Ab Ripper X workout, but with an added upper-body component.

Lie on your back with your right leg raised and kept straight, and your left leg hovering above the ground. Reach your left hand to your right leg in a twisting motion.

Switch sides, so that your right hand twists toward your lifted left leg. This is one rep, and you will do Start in a sitting "V" position, balancing on your sit-bones with your legs lifted straight in front of you. Make a "rowing " motion by leanig back so your upper and lower body are hovering off the ground and then pull up, bending your knees into your chest.

Keep your back as straight as possible the whole time. Lie flat on your back with your legs hovering off the ground and your arms raised behind your head, also hovering off the ground. Using your core muscles, flip over to the right so that you're lying on your stomach, with your limbs still up in the air. Roll to your right back onto your stomach.

When you do it again, roll to your left. Do each side 10 times. Start by doing the oblique crunch from Ab Ripper X. Instead of doing all of your reps on one side, though, roll over on your back to the other side and do an oblique crunch. Continue rolling back and forth. Starting on your back, roll up until you're in a seated "V" position, with your legs as straight as possible and your arms pointing straight in front, parallel to the floor.

Hold this position for two to five seconds and roll back. Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air, perpendicular to the floor.

Press your arms flat into the floor in a "T" shape for support. Drop your legs to one side, maintaining them at a degree angle with the floor, and hold for five to ten seconds. Using your core, move your legs to the other side. Lie on your back with your feet straight out in front of you, on the floor and your hands under the arch of your back.

Depends on what works better for your situation. Both are great options, but I prefer to workout at home. The great thing about this is you have a structured workout routine and meal plan that has proven results.

Many people go to the gym and have no idea what they are doing. The top two pics were from only using P90x2 and a little running. I followed a modified version of the diet. Ratios were close but I changed the calorie requirements based on my needs. The bottom pic is with only P90X and a half hearted attempt at the diet.

Do a warm up of light walking, biking or jogging at a low intensity for 5 to 10 minutes. Or better yet, stretch after the workout when your muscles are already warm. Focus on Muscles That Need the Most Help Instead of trying to stretch your whole body, focus on a key area of the body at a time. Spend longer on each stretch and include more stretches for each area. If you are aware that certain muscles are tighter than others, focus your attention on those as you stretch.

Bring Movement Into Your Stretching Gentle stretching can help increase flexibility in specific movements. The gentle movements of tai chi, yoga or pilates, for instance, may be a good way to stretch. In addition, when performing specific activities, such as a kick in martial arts or kicking a soccer ball, start by doing the movement slowly and at a lower intensity at first to get your muscles used to it.

Then, as your muscles become more accustomed to the motion, gradually speed up the movement to a higher intensity. Sarah Dreifke is a freelance writer based in DeKalb, IL with a passion for nutrition education and the prevention of chronic disease. Currently, she is working towards a combined Master's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a dietetic internship at Northern Illinois University.

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