Stretching Advice – Stretching Zone / Lower Body Stretches

Stretching is a simple and effective activity that helps to enhance athletic performance, decrease the likelihood of soft tissue injury and minimise muscle soreness.

Other benefits include:

  • improved range of movement ;
  • increased power;
  • improved posture;
  • improved co-ordination.

The Rules for Safe Stretching:

Slowly get into the stretch position and then hold each stretch for a minimum of 20 seconds. Remember, stretching can be extremely dangerous and harmful if done incorrectly, so please adhere to the following rules.

  • Never stretch an injury or damaged soft tissue.
  • Warm-up prior to stretching.
  • Stretch before and after exercise.
  • Stretch all major muscles and their opposing muscle groups.
  • Stretch gently and slowly.
  • Stretch only to the point of tension.
  • Breathe slowly and easily while stretching.

Below images are to be followed as advice and guide how to stretch safe and with correct technique: