Stretching and flexibility are often taken for granted. The older I get (over 40) the more I realize how valuable the flexibility and mobility components of a workout are. Often skipped, I believe that a solid flexibility program (active warm-up, stretching and foam rolling) can greatly improve your performance on and off the fire ground.
Today I wanted to give you a 5 Simple Exercises that can improve your performance. These exercises can be performed at the completion of a workout or a shift or even during your shift. You want to hold each stretch for at least 15 seconds if not 30 seconds. Repeat the circuit as many times as possible. Remember to breathe and maintain good posture throughout each stretch and don’t force the stretch. Ease into each position and if it hurts…stop.
Here is a video overview of the stretches.
Here are the individual Stretches.
Spiderman- Step to the outside of your hand. Keep you back leg straight for more hip stretch. Watch your upper-body posture, stay relaxed through the shoulders and traps. You may need to keep your back leg on the ground when you first try this stretch.
Remember to see improvements you have to make a consistent effort. Try to do these stretches at least 3 times per week. Let me know your thoughts and progress.
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