• Marilyn Farnworth

Full-body routine loosens muscles from head to toe

Increase your range of motion with these stretches

EDITOR'S NOTE: It’s strongly recommended that you consult with your physician before beginning this or any exercise program.

In her latest video, Kingsville yoga and fitness instructor Marilyn Farnworth demonstrates a full-body stretching routine. It includes stretches for the neck, shoulders, biceps, triceps, hands/wrists, chest, back, lats, obliques, hips, glutes, quadriceps, inner thighs, hamstrings, calves, shins, ankles and feet.

When doing a full body stretch, aim to include at least one stretch for each major muscle group and hold your stretches for 15 to 30 seconds each or five deep breaths. Make sure you breathe deeply and don't hold your breath.

Stretching benefits include: decreasing the risk of injury, improving athletic performance and circulation, increasing range of motion, decreasing pain and promoting relaxation.

Two types of stretches are dynamic and static stretches. Dynamic stretches such as arm circles or leg swings involve moving a joint or muscle through its full range of motion. This helps get your muscles warmed up and ready for exercise. Static stretches involve holding a stretch for 15 to 30 seconds without moving. This helps loosen your muscles and increase flexibility, especially after exercise when your muscles are warm.

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