By Karen Voight, Special to Tribune Newspapers
8:15 PM EDT, March 28, 2012
Since the fronts of our thighs tend to get strong and tight with most physical exercise, here's an excellent way to conclude any type of workout. Aside from feeling good, it will help prevent knee pain caused by overtight quadriceps.
1. Stand on your left leg, balancing your left hand on a sturdy chair, table or wall. Shift your weight to your left foot and bend your right knee.
2. Reach back with your right hand and grasp the top of your right foot, placing your hand on your shoelaces. Pull your heel toward your buttocks, keeping your knees close together. Bend your left knee slightly and draw your tailbone in toward your body. Check that your abdominals are pulled in and your chest is lifted. Bend your right arm to keep your foot close to your hip. To increase the intensity of this stretch, squeeze your buttocks slightly. Hold this position for 3-6 breaths, then release your foot and repeat on the other side.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."
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