May: Core Stretch

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This month stretch involves lying back -and a bit of leg-pulling.

Has self-isolation created a fridge bandit out of you? Has your tummy seen better days?

Our bodies are machines that require maintenance for best performance – well fuelled and well aligned! So think twice before dunking that second chocolate biscuit!

Sit up – crunch with legs raised

Lie on your back with your legs straight up. Pull in your tummy button but do NOT move your spine. Your spine should maintain the natural curve, neither flat nor arched.

Reach with your hands towards your feet, raising your neck and shoulder blades only from the floor, pulling your rib cage towards your pelvis. Breathe out on the way up, and in on the way down. Repeat 30 reps slowly, one per second.

May stretch – quads in standing

Stand tall with equal weight on each foot, as if balancing a book on your head. Keep your hips facing forwards with your spine neutral, neither flat nor arched.

Hold one foot using the hand on the same side. Keep your knees together and your hip pushed forwards. Squeeze your buttock. Raise the opposite hand in the air. Feel the stretch at the front of your hip and down your thigh.

Hold still for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side

Keep up the good work and you’ll benefit when we get back to a ‘normal’ that includes racing.

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