9 Stretches to Increase Your Leg Flexibility

I started caring about my leg flexibility only when I decided to learn the splits. I didn’t realize that increasing my leg flexibility (as well as other body parts) would help me improve my physical performance, state of mind, as well as my posture, and balance. That’s why flexibility coaching has become essential to my coaching business. Not only do I love becoming more flexible, but I love helping other women do the same! Today, we will go over nine stretches to increase your leg flexibility, and I will guide you along with an easy stretching video you can follow.

Stretches to Increase Flexibility in Legs

Let’s start with the nine main stretches that will make up the leg flexibility video. These stretches will increase your leg flexibility.

1. Low Lunge

A low lunge to start will effectively open up your hip flexors. Step your right foot between your hands. Keep your left back knee off the floor and lower it when you no longer feel discomfort. You can bring your back foot up and grab it with the opposite hand to intensify your quad stretch as you open up.

2. Wide-Legged Foward Fold (With Outer Hamstring Stretch)

Stand with your feet wider than hip distance apart (about 3 feet). As you exhale, fold forward from the hips. Keep your tailbone lifted, and engage your lower back. Stay in this position, as low as you can, for a few breaths. Bring your hands to your right ankle (making sure to keep your hips in the middle). Stay there for a few breaths before taking your hands to your left ankle.

3. Seated Foward Fold

The seated forward fold, similarly to the standing forward fold, opens up mainly your hamstrings. However, since it doesn’t use gravity, you must work extra hard to keep your back flat and your chest open. You will most likely notice that you can’t bring your torso as close to your hips as the standing forward fold.

In a seated position, with your feet together, fold forward at the hips to bring your toes. Use a strap if you can’t reach your toes or just go as far as you can and hold there.

4. Triangle Pose

Bring your right leg in front of you, your toes pointed forward. Your left toes are pointing slightly to your left. Lower your right hand down on your shin or ankle. If you are more flexible, bring your right hand on the floor inside your right leg. Your left shoulder will stack on top of your right as you twist your upper body and open your chest. Reach your left fingertips towards the ceiling. Bring your gaze up towards your left fingertips. Lift your right kneecap to intensify the stretch. Repeat on your left side.

5. Pyramid Pose

The pyramid pose is similar to the triangle pose, but instead of twisting at the hips to take your right hand on the inside of your right leg, you are folding forward at the hips, keeping your upper body straight.

6. Half Splits

The half splits is one of my favorite stretches to increase flexibility in the legs as it opens up your hamstrings and the whole back of your legs. Bring your right leg in front of you as you kneel with your left leg at a 90-degree angle. Bend your upper body forward at the hips while pressing your right heel down on the mat. Repeat on the other side.

7. Pancake

When I started stretching to increase my leg flexibility, I found that the pancake was uncomfortable in the back of my knees. With time, as I increased my flexibility, I could feel it in my hamstrings and my inner hips.

Sit with your legs open wide. Fold forward at the hips, ensuring you engage your lower abs and lift your tailbone to avoid bending your back. Keep your chest open!

8. Supine Hamstring Stretch

Lie on your back and bring your right leg up. Hold your ship or your ankle with your hands. Deepen the leg stretch by lowering your leg closer to your body using some of your arm strength. Repeat on the other leg.

9. Pigeon Pose

From all four, bring your right knee to the back of your right wrist. Rotate your right shin to be parallel to the top of the mat. If you can’t keep your shinbone parallel to the top of the mat, bring your feet closer to your body. Your left leg is straight, and your hips are facing forward. Repeat on the other side.

Stretches to Increase Flexibility in Legs Video Routine

You can use an almost endless number of stretches to increase the flexibility of your legs. The ones I picked for you today are some of my favorites, but have fun experimenting with various options. You will most likely find some stretches helpful during some stages of your journey and not as much at other times.

For more guidance on your flexibility journey, don’t forget to check out my new Moving With Intention Program.

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