Stretch it out!

Diabetes Health Team shares some easy stretching exercises to compliment your cardio routine.
Stretch it out!

For any aerobic exercise to be most effective, you need to add some strength and flexibility training to your fitness regime. For best results, your routine should be a combination of aerobic exercise and stretches. Each of these poses should be held for a minimum of 15 and maximum of 60 seconds.

Quadriceps stretch

• Stand straight with your one hand over your hips or holding on for support over a bar. The other hand holding your ankle with knee bent.

• Pull your leg behind with the help of your ankle and let the front of your thigh (quadriceps muscle) feel the stretch. Hold the position


• Sit on the floor with one leg straight & other leg bent across at knee.

• Bend forward from your back & try to touch your toes. You will feel a stretch at the back of your thigh (hamstrings)

• Hold the position


• Stand at the edge of a staircase with heels hanging down & only forefoot in contact with the stair.

• Pull the heel down as much as you can & this will cause a good stretch in your calf muscles.

• Hold the position for 15 - 60 seconds

Lower back

• Lie on the floor with knees bent.

• Hug your thighs pull them up towards your chest. Feel a good relaxing stretch in your lower back. Hold this position.

Upper back

• Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart.

• Interlock your palms and stretch them forward straight ahead causing a hunch in your upper back. This will give a good stretch to your upper back.

• Hold this position for 15 - 60 seconds.

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