Dynamic Stretching is a phenomenal way to warm up your body before exercise. Unlike stretching in place, dynamic stretching takes the body through stretches in motion that prepare your body for the workout ahead.
But what is the best dynamic stretching exercise you should always do no matter what?
The following is a stretch I always do before every workout and I strongly suggest you do it too. Here are some of the benefits you get in this one stretch:
Here are the exercise form instructions for the best dynamic stretch to do before your workout. For a warm up routine, check out Dynamic Stretching Warm Up Routine.
The first part of the exercise starts off in the push up position. Your shoulders should be positioned away from your ears, back and hips flat, core and abs engaged. Your hands should be underneath your shoulders, slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
The next step is bringing your left foot up to your left hand without raising your hips. You will feel a great stretch in your groin and also your hip flexor on the right side. If you have tight hips, it may be difficult to bring your left foot all the way up to your left hand, you may only get half way. That’s ok! Be sure to sink into the stretch, meaning your left elbow should sink down toward your left heel so you feel an intense hip and groin stretch.
Next, you take your left arm and open up while keeping it straight and point your hand toward the sky. This creates a great rotational movement that helps open up your shoulders. As busy professionals, a lot of us are working at a computer and get rounded shoulders. This stretch also engages and loosen up the upper back and core. You can also try twisting the opposite way for a more intense and advanced stretch.
Return back to the starting push up position.
The last step is to push your hips backward and up toward the sky like in a downward dog yoga pose. You will feel a great stretch in your hamstrings, calves, and it’s also engaging your shoulders as well. Your shoulders have the largest range of motion of any joint in your body, so it’s really important to warm them up. After this step, you go back to the push up position and repeat.
This is a great stretch you can do before your workouts, whether you are doing a HIIT cardio workout, and strength circuits workout, or just going for a jog.