• Exercise
  • Food
  • Wellbeing
  • Health Check
  • Health Insights
  • Healthy Living
  • Body
  • Food
  • Mind
  • Health Guide
  • Healthcare
  • Using Your Cover
  •  
     

    Butterfly Stretch

    Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your inner thighs, knees and groin.

    How to

    1. Sit up very tall, with your knees bent and the soles of your feet together. Grasp your feet tightly with your hands, bringing the heels as close to the groin as possible.

    2. Gently press your knees outwards and down towards the ground.

    3. You can sustain this position and lean forward to increase the intensity of the stretch, using your elbows to push your thighs further towards the ground.

    4. Alternatively, start to flap both legs up and down like the wings of a butterfly. Start slowly and gradually increase the speed. Keep breathing normally throughout.

    Tips

    This stretch is sometimes referred to as the ‘cobbler pose’, as it resembles the sitting position of a cobbler at work. Instead of sitting at your dining table to have dinner, why not imagine you are in Southeast Asia and sit on the floor at the coffee table in a similar pose to this!

    Stretch out your whole body with the be. Stretching Guide.

    Recommended Reading

    Win a trip for you and a friend to parkrun

    Win a trip for you and a friend to a parkrun Australia event

    Read more

    Can exercise prevent depression in children?

    The benefits of physical activity at a young age

    Read more

    How should you breathe during exercise?

    The ins and outs of breathing techniques for exercise.

    Read more

    “Always be the hardest worker in the room”: Kyah Simon

    Kyah Simon on self-belief, determination and work ethic.

    Read more

    25% off Fitbit trackers & Aria scales

    Medibank member discounts on Fitbit trackers and Aria scales

    Read more

    Yoga for the boys

    Yoga makes you a better man, say the BOYS OF YOGA.

    Read more

    6 low impact exercises (that are actually fun)

    Gentle moves can still give you a good workout.

    Read more