One of the major benefits of Stretching is that it increases your flexibility. While Stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Training with Free Weights and Weight Training Exercises, without a good stretch, you will not be able to minimize the risk of injury.
The gluteus maximus or glutes form your buttocks. These muscles are mainly used to extend the leg into a straight line with the torso and to rotate leg at the hip. Common exercises which strengthen the glutes are Squats and most stability ball movements. Lunges and step-ups also target these muscles.
|STEP 1: Lie on your back (on the mat or on the floor). Bend your left knee.|
|STEP 2: Cross your right leg over your left knee so your right ankle rests just above your left knee.|
|STEP 3: Hold behind the left thigh with both hands and gently pull towards you until you feel the stretch in your bottom and outer thigh. Hold for 8-10 seconds then repeat on the other leg.|
It would be relaxing if we get into a really good Stretching session to release all of the accumulated tension our bodies take each day. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequence, go to Fitness Exercises – Stretching Sequences.