Do deep stretches after your workouts, when your muscles are warm and pliable. They'll lead to greater flexibility — and be easier — than those done at the beginning of your workouts. Here's a fun and effective way to stretch the backs of your thighs. Just remember: Be patient and consistent.
1 Stand on a level surface with your feet 2 1/2 or 3 feet apart and your toes facing forward. Inhale, place your hands on your hips, lift your chest and lengthen your spine. On an exhale, slowly bend forward at your hips, moving your hands to the floor directly beneath your shoulders.
2 Inhale again. Then, when you breathe out, bend your elbows, with the top of your head reaching toward the floor and your buttocks toward the ceiling. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds while you continue to breathe fully. Slowly come out of the stretch by straightening your arms, then place your hands on your hips and raise your torso upright.
— Karen Voight
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