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Forward Fold with a Twist

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shows you a stretch for your legs, hips, waist and shoulders.

Woman doing wide leg bend stretch

How to

  1. Step your feet wide apart and press the whole of each foot firmly into the ground. Aim your sitting bones high in the air as you fold your body in half at the hip joints. Lengthen your spine from head to tail to create space for your ribs to move.
  2. Reach your right arm towards your left foot and hold firmly around the outside of the arch as an anchor.
  3. Use your free arm to reach up to the ceiling, feeling a generous twist through the trunk and chest.

step 1 of fold twist stretch

step 2 of fold twist stretch

step 3 of fold twist stretch

step 4 of fold twist stretch

Tips

Our bodies are made up of hundreds of intricate joints that allow us to move in many directions. When we don’t use all of this flexibility, our joints get stiffer and our muscles get weaker and tighter. Twisting the body helps to mobilise the rib cage and improves lung function.

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

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