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, all your hard work at the gym will not be complete.
The Abduction Stretch or Outer Thigh Stretch cuts the risk of injury from strenuous exercise and lessens muscle soreness. Although the hip abductor muscles work with your other muscles when performing exercises such as Squatsand Lunges, it would be really great if you choose to isolate them.
Leg muscles such as the hip flexor are often neglected. That’s why it is important to do exercises that target those muscles.
|STEP 1: Sit (on the floor or mat) with your legs straight out in front of you.|
|STEP 2: Bend your right leg, crossing over your left leg so that the foot is on the outside of the knee.|
|STEP 3: Use your left arm to ease the knee across the body, with your right arm for support until you feel the stretch in the outer thigh. Hold for 12-15 seconds and then repeat on the other leg.|
A lot of people are doing hundreds of reps of abduction and adduction exercises in the hope of burning fat and slimming their thighs. Unfortunately, if you just concentrate on a particular muscle and that muscle works hard enough, it gets bigger, not smaller. Also, the muscle that you are exercising has nothing to do with where fat is burned. So, while there are many reasons to work these muscles, shrinking your thighs isn’t one of them.
With all those accumulated tension our bodies take each day, it would be relaxing to get into a really Good Stretching Session. For a great full, upper, or lower body Stretching Sequences, go to Fitness Exercises – Stretching Sequences.