How to Have Fun with Stretches

Two Parts:Doing Fun Stretches With a FriendDoing Fun Stretches Alone

Is it kind of boring to stretch, but maybe if you have a friend with you, or even if not, there are ways to make stretching more fun. This article will show you two ways to make stretching more enjoyable.

Part 1
Doing Fun Stretches With a Friend

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    Find a friend to stretch with. If you have a friend to stretch with you, lucky for you, you can do two person stretches. It could be as fun as you wish to make it!
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    Do some basic stretches. For example do wrist stretches, and simply roll around your neck.
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    Start with one of you sitting in a straddle. Go as far as you can, towards the middle. The other person could push down on your back for about 30 seconds, then you can switch. This should be done first, to warm up your whole body.
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    Do a harder straddle stretch. Just sit in a straddle with your friend. (Your feet should be touching your friend's feet). Hold her/his hand, and pull on each other back and forth, for about a minute.
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    Do the same as the previous step but in a pike. This time you might want to lightly pull, because the pike stretch is harder for most people.
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    Try another stretch. Do one where you and your friend sit back to back, in a pike. Drive your arms/shoulders back, and try to reach your friend's feet, but be sure to only go one at a time, or you could bump into each other!
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    For a harder stretch, try the previous step, but this time in a straddle.
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    Challenge yourselves. If you are willing to take the challenge, sit down in a pike, have your friend lightly pull your arms back, until you feel a slight stretch. After about half a minute, switch.
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    You can also do the previous step, but with a slight change. Just have your friend lightly pull your elbows instead.

Part 2
Doing Fun Stretches Alone

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    Do wrist stretches to warm up. Also roll your neck around.
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    Put on some music, whatever kind you like, to keep you focused, and accompanied.
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    Sit in a pike. Reach your toes, then pull your arms and shoulders back. Repeat this for about a minute. (Just use a timer.)
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    Extend your stretching. Try the previous step, but in a straddle.
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    Get a mat, a pillow, a bed, or go to a place with a lawn. Lay down on your stomach. Try a chin stand; just roll your legs over, until you feel a stretch. It can be very hard to do this perfectly, so don't worry if you mess up.
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    Do middle/center splits. These can be a good stretch, and relaxing at the same time. Go into your middle splits/oversplits, and reach towards the middle. To make it more fun, you can text your friend while doing this, if you are able to sit up. Hold for about a minute (and try not to boast by text!).
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    Try the same thing as the previous step, just with left and right leg splits instead.
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    Do some toe touches. A fun and creative way to show your flexibility can be touching your toes, then stretch to your head in a seal stretch. Try your best and it could be fun for you!

Tips

  • Remember that not all stretches are fun, so just try your best, and make the most of your stretching time.
  • If you are doing two person stretches, try to match your partner at about the same height, and size as you.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, such as leggings or sweats while stretching.

Warnings

  • Don't overstretch, it can be really hard to regain flexibility after an injury.


Article Info

Categories: Warm Ups Stretching and Flexibility