What does flexibility have anything to do with core stabilitY?

Our body performance has a lot to do with how flexible and strong we are. This is especially the case with our core region where so many parts of our body interact with each other. The structures of your lower back, pelvis and hip joints all need work together to give you a strong CORE.

I’ve listed the top 4 stretches to help you restore flexibility required for better core stability and strength.

The recommended dosage is 60 second holds 2 - 3 times each side multiple times throughout the day.

  1. Hip Flexor Stretch

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  • Kneel down and step one leg out in front of you. 

  • Keeping your body upright, drop your hips forwards, stretching the front of the rear hip. 

  • Holding this position, lean your body to the side over your front leg, reach your outside arm up and over to increase the stretch.

2. Hamstring Stretch

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  • Place the foot of your leg onto a chair or step. 

  • Keep your knee straight and foot pointing ahead. 

  • Keeping your back straight, tip forwards from your hips, pushing your buttocks out 
    behind you until you feel a stretch down the back of your thigh. 

  • Hold this position.

3. Groin (Adductor) Stretch

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  • Take a large step out to the side and keep both feet flat on the floor with the toes slightly turned out. 

  • Shift your weight to one side, bending this knee. 

  • You will feel a stretch down the inside of the thigh on the straight leg. 

  • Hold this position.

4. Hip External rotator stretch

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  • Start on your hands and knees. 

  • Cross the symptomatic leg underneath you, then lower your hips down to the ground. 

  • Rest your body forwards on your arms. 

  • You should feel a stretch across the buttock.

 

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