Here's a brand new quick stretching routine that will hopefully become a new enjoyable go-to cool down for you once you have finished some of our more intense HIIT cardio or strength workouts.
All of the muscles in the body are gently stretched with this yoga infused workout that takes less than five minutes of your day to complete. If you want a longer stretching routine to help you get rid of tense muscles and shake off the stress from the day, we definitely have those too. In fact, here are some of my favorite yoga routines of ours that run a little longer and are great for stress relief: Relaxing Pilates Yoga Blend (15 minutes), Lower Body Active Stretch (17 minutes), or Fluid Stretching (13 minutes)
Otherwise, these are five minutes very well spent. Not only are you stretching your muscles after a workout, you're also working to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion.
You should never feel pain during any of these stretches. Learning to listen to your body is a bit of an art form, so give yourself the time and leniency of learning how to cater to your body's messages. Tension, or mild discomfort during a stretch is a lot different from pain, so be sure to listen to your body in order to be able to walk that fine line of pushing your own boundaries, safely.
There is no timer in this stretching workout video, instead we move relatively quickly through a wide variety of movements that are great for stretching out the entire body.
Printable Yoga Stretch Routine
Side Angle Variation
(repeat sequence on opposite side of the body)
Toe Touch Stretch
Standing Full Body Stretch
+ Leg Pull (repeat on each side of the body)
How often can I do this workout?
You can do this routine as often as you like - you can even do it multiple times through, or multiple times in a day. Do make sure that you don't start this routine on completely cold muscles. For example, if you have been sitting at a computer for an extended period of time, you will want to walk around for at least a couple of minutes, just to warm up those muscles a bit.