Abdominal stretches is important and very easy to perform. It improves the mobility and strengthens your muscles.
Abdominal stretches can be exercised in lying position. We start in prone position with our head facing the floor and the feet flat on the ground. Our arms rest right beside our upper body on chest level. From here we smoothly stretch our arms to raise our upper body. The pelvis remains as low as possible causing our upper body to make a curve. Here, our head is facing upwards. The abdominal stretch can be intensified by actively pressing your stomach towards the outside. Please keep breathing calmly.
Abdominal stretches could also be practised in supine position. A light version would be lying flat on the ground with our arms stretched above our head and our legs stretched downwards. Here, we press our belly actively towards the outside causing a noticeable stretching for our abdominals. To intensify this variation we could use a gym ball. Get in supine position with your back lying on the ball. This automatically causes your upper body to make a curve. Stretch your arms above your head. Lying on a gym ball requires balance. Be careful when you perform your abdominal stretching on a gym ball.
There are various types the stretching can be exercised. Please read types of stretching to learn about the different ways to stretch if required.
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