Stretch Your Abs Out After a Workout

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Yesterday we talked about making sure that you don’t let your abs go to flab this winter, but what many people don’t think about after a good ab session is stretching those abs back out. Like any other muscle in your body, it needs to be stretched back out after a good workout sesh in order to prevent injury and reduce soreness. After you finish cranking on the crunches or doing some other ab works, try these stretches on for size:

Cobra Pose

Conra pose is the go-to ab stretch after an intense ab session, because it allows your abs to stretch the opposite way, which feels great and is not too strenuous. Start by laying flat on the floor on your stomach with your hands directly under your shoulders. Press your palms into the floor and lift your torso off the ground, keeping your hips, legs, and feet on the ground. Tilt your head back slightly to get the most intense back and ab stretch. Lower back down and repeat if desired.

 Standing Oblique Stretch

Start by standing straight and tall with your hands laced together above your head. Lean slightly to one side until you feel a nice stretch down the opposite side. Hold the pose for a few seconds, then stretch to the other side. Repeat several times to get the best stretch. You will notice that you will be capable of going just a little bit farther each time.

One Armed Camel Pose

One-armed camel can allow you to feel a really nice stretch on each side, rather than thrusting you into the often difficult-to-hold full camel pose. To start, kneel with your knees about eight inches apart and your feet about six inches apart. Lean back and put just one hand on the ground behind your feet. Open up your chest and stretch the other arm as far back as possible. Hold for a few second, then return to the starting position and stretch the other side. Repeat if desired.

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