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  • Standing Thigh Stretch

    Posted on December 28th, 2011 CoachNoah No comments

    As we continue to add mileage to the Couch to 5K group training, its important to increase the time spent stretching.

    In the past few articles I have focused on the calves, glutes and lower back.  Last week we added another stretch, but with the focus on the thighs.

    There are several stretches that will work for this area.  I like the standing thigh stretch, but it can be a little difficult to perform without something to help hold your balance.

    Standing Thigh Stretchthigh-stretch1

    Stand on your left leg and bend your right leg back.  Grasp your right foot with your right hand and extend your left arm for balance.  You will feel the stretch in the front part of the thigh on your bent leg.  Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and then switch legs.

    If you have a wall or chair nearby use it to maintain your balance.

    You can also modify this stretch by lying on the floor.  Just turn on your side and perform the same stretch.

    Again, you should never bounce while stretching.  It should be one long, gentle, stretch.

    Read these articles to find out more about the other stretches in our routine:

    Coach Noah

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