Leg Stretches for the Inner Thigh (Adductor Muscles)
Having a daily stretching routine does not only come with physical benefits. Of course, it helps you increase your flexibility over time and in this way helps keep you healthy, but it also works to relax and calm your mind and nervous system.
Today we focus on the adductor muscles. This group of muscles of the inner thigh consists of five muscles:
- Adductor longus
- Adductor brevis
- Adductor magnus
The adductors are responsible for these movements:
- Closing (squeezing) the thighs
- Rotation and flexion of the thigh
They are also engaged when performing some of the go-to strength training exercises, such as squats, lunges, or leg presses.
Inner Thigh Stretch: Butterfly Stretch
- Sit on the floor or yoga mat with your back straight. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together so that your knees fall open.
- The closer your feet are to your body, the deeper the stretch will be.
- Grab your ankles or your toes. Relax your knees towards the floor, maintaining a straight back. To intensify the stretch, try folding forward from the hips or placing your elbows on your knees.
- Hold for 10 seconds. Try sinking deeper into the stretch as you breathe out.
This stretch will help relax and open up your thighs. It can also help you minimize pain in the pelvis and lower back.
A lot of the initial motivation for working out comes from wanting to look good, but ultimately you’ll want to have a body that’s both fit and healthy.
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