Side splits Stretch with Side Bend and Twist

by Addie Kelzer

Hips, hamstrings and back! Oh my!

This is a great low back stretch while you’re seated on the floor that has an added hamstring and hip stretch in it! Since your hamstrings, hips and low back are all related, stretching all three will help release whatever is tightest even more. Be certain to relax and breath as you stretch, especially when you find the tight spots that might hurt a little.

Important: If you are not able to sit tall through your spine with your legs extended straight, forcing your spine to round at all, lift yourself up until you can maintain a tall spine. Achieve this by placing a few blankets, towels or a short step underneath your seat. When you’re in a good starting position for this stretch, both your legs and back will be able to be straight. Watch the video starting at 2:40 for more information on this!

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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.

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