Love wearing heels? Love working out? Well, even if you answered yes to just one of those questions, you will love this…
While stilettos might be amazing at making our legs look suitably slender and longer, they aren’t necessarily great on our body.
Sitting or strutting in stilettos often affects the natural muscle alignment of the body, leading to strains on certain areas such as the back, chest, and abdominal muscles. But the damage can be rectified.
To maintain good posture and lean flexibility, the fitness experts at ICAN PT have provided a quick, yet comprehensive, training guide to stretch and strengthen those key areas.
Top 5 Exercises For Those Who Wear High Heels:
1. Hamstring Stretch
Sit on the floor and stretch one leg out straight to the side. Bending the other knee, place the bottom of the foot on the inside of the stretched leg. Stretch forward, trying to touch the toes of the extended leg. Repeat again on the other side.
2. Hip Flexor Stretch
Stand in a neutral position and adopt a static lunge position. Place the back leg on the floor and push the hips forward and can feel the stretch through the hips and pelvis. Return to the standing position, and repeat on the opposite leg.
3. Lower Back Stretch
Sitting on the knees, stretch forward until the hands and forehead are touching floor; the stretch should be felt especially in the lower part of the back.
4. Chest Stretch
Stand in a neutral position and place both hands in the lower back, where the back slightly curves inwards and push the arms to bring the elbows closer together.
5. Back Strengthening
Exercises to strengthen the upper back will help maintain a straight spine and stop curvature of the shoulders. Try resistance band rows, cable flys and TRX rows; these retraction workouts will prevent weight bearing on the chest, instead balancing it across the back.
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