3 Easy stretches to help you burn calories

Performing stretches are an easy way to kick-start your calorie burning sessions for the day …

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Here are three simple stretches that you could incorporate into your workout to help you burn some calories.

Chest stretch

Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lace your fingers together above your neck but behind your head. Then squeeze your shoulder blades together whilst trying to extend your elbows out to the sides and slightly back to open your chest.

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Calf stretch

In this routine, you stand, facing the steps, with both feet on a step. Now move the heel of your right foot backwards, such that it is hanging off the step. Then lower your right heel downwards until you begin to feel a deep stretch in your calf muscle. To deepen the stretch even more, try bending both knees.

Glute and piriformis stretch

Cross your right ankle over your left leg to just above your left knee and lower yourself down into a squatting position. You can place your hands on your hips or even hold onto someone for added comfort and to help you balance yourself. When comfortable, gently push down on your right knee. You can do this routine again on the opposite leg.

Consult your doctor

Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime or making intense changes to your current one – especially if you suffer from any medical conditions and for some reason are required not to place your body or yourself under any form of stress or strain.

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