Exercise does a body good, but if you don’t stretch properly, it can leave you feeling sore. Tight hips or hamstrings, back pain, or an achy chest and shoulders aren’t just problematic for future workouts, they can make everyday movements like sitting in a desk chair downright uncomfortable. And if not fixed, over time this can limit your range of motion, leaving you prone to doing your workouts with poor form and possibly injuring yourself.
Keep your joints healthy with these four flexibility exercises from Holly Roser, NASM-certified personal trainer and owner of Holly Roser Fitness in San Matteo, CA. Each move targets a typical tight zone, helping to keep muscles loose and relieve any tension throughout the body. The only equipment you need is a mat, making this routine one you can easily do first thing in the morning or before bed.