3 Stretches To Add To Your Skating Prep

stretchingSome people may not think to stretch before roller skating, however, the American Heart Association recognizes roller skating as a top rated aerobic exercise. That means, stretching before lacing up your skates can help you a great deal. According to Livestrong.com, “ stretching improves flexibility and makes up an important part of an exercise routine.” Take a look at a few stretches the Skateland team has found that are good for stretching your hips, thighs and legs before stepping onto the rink.

Quad Stretch

This will stretch your hip flexors, quads and hamstrings. Kneel on floor with both knees bent, shins on floor. Put your right leg forward, so right knee is bent 90 degrees in front of you, right foot is flat on floor directly under knee, and left leg is still bent underneath you, parallel to right. Put both hands on top of right knee and press back hip forward, leaning into stretch, keeping torso upright. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Switch legs and repeat.

Standing Thigh Release

This will stretch your back, abs, hip flexors, glutes and quad muscles. Stand tall with your abs tight, feet together and arms by your sides. Bring right heel toward butt and grasp top of foot with right hand. Extend left arm overhead (or place on chair) to help balance. Press right foot into hand to increase stretch along front of thigh. Hold for about one minute; release, switch sides and repeat.

Reclining Pigeon

This will stretch your lower back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Cross flexed right foot over left thigh, hook arms around left hamstring, and lift left foot a few inches, keeping back and shoulders on floor. Gently pull right leg in toward you, until you feel a stretch; hold for 45 seconds to two minutes. Lower back to start, switch legs and repeat.

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