Quick Stretch Routine for Enhanced Flexibility in 5 Minutes

Enhance your flexibility and well-being with just 5 minute stretch a day. Prevent injuries and boost your overall health with this quick stretch routine.

Stretching regularly is important for preventing injuries and improving— or maintaining—flexibility. Making a habit of stretching after intense workouts will help your muscles recover and grow evenly, preparing you for your next sweat sesh. Why not start incorporating this practice into your workout schedule with our 5 minute stretch routine?

Why is this important? Well, every time you do a strength workout, little tears form in your muscles. If you don’t smooth the muscles out with stretches or foam rolling, they could grow unevenly and cause you trouble down the line. Stretching keeps your muscles smooth and close to their original length (i.e. long and lean), which in addition to helping them grown evenly, helps you increase the range of motion in your joints.

In this article we show you how to stretch your entire body in just 5 minutes and give yourself more flexibility . Below, we’ll show you the best full body stretching exercises at home from head to toe.

5 Minute Stretch Routine for Enhanced Flexibility

1. The world’s best stretching exercise


Training: stretch in the upper body, back of the legs, opening of the hips, mobilization of the spine, arms and shoulders
Difficulty: medium
Note: back straight, abdomen tight for stabilization, put back knee down if necessary

2. Downward Dog and Plank


Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings and calves, as well as the back and shoulders. Relieves pressure in the neck. Press your weight evenly through your heels and palms for maximum benefit.

Training: Stretch throughout torso, arms, and entire back of legs
Difficulty: medium
Note: Actively pull in your belly button, keep your back straight with your head, heels as low as possible

3. Standing forward bend with straight arms


Training: Stretch the entire back of the leg, mobilize the upper body, chest and spine
Difficulty: medium
Note: Keep your head in line with your spine, don’t work too fast

4. Standing forward bend with a twist


Training: Mobilizes upper body, chest, shoulders and arms, spine, stretches back of legs
Difficulty: medium
Note: Legs can be slightly bent if this makes it easier to perform.

Upper body stretching exercises

5. Cat-Cow stretch


Training: Mobilizes the entire spine and lower back
Difficulty: easy
Note: Exhale with a hunchback (cat), inhale with a hollow back (cow).

6. Child’s pose


Benefits: Helps soften and relax the lower back. Helps relieve tension in the shoulders, arms and neck. Relaxes the muscles of the front of your body while passively stretching the muscles of your back.

Training: Stretch back, entire torso, arms, hip opening
Difficulty: easy
Note: Lay your head down, breathe, hold

Tip: With a foam roller you can relax the connective tissue of the muscles. The self-massage is ideal for the upper back and the lateral abdominal muscles.

Leg stretching exercises

7. Deep squat stretch


Training: Strengthens the legs, opening of the hips, relaxation for the spine
Difficulty: medium
Note: Stand further, press your heels into the ground, hook your elbows between your knees

8. Bend forward while seated


Training: Stretch in the legs, length in the back too
Difficulty: easy
Note: Pull your seat a little to one side, don’t hunch over

9. Couch stretch


Training: Stretch thigh front
Difficulty: easy
Note: Do not stretch your head backwards, release slowly so that the kneecap does not slip

10. Pigeon


Benefits: Opens the hips and uses core strength to keep the hips square. Also stretches the thighs, psoas and groin.

Training: Spinal mobilization, stretch side & lateral thighs, hip opening.
Difficulty: medium
Note: create length from fingertips to foot so stretch is felt in sides as well

Keep reading: 10 Stretches To Make Your Body As Flexible As a Cat In 4 Weeks

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