Stretching is underrated. Sure, it may not torch calories or build muscle — but a good stretch can benefit your fitness routine in so many ways.
Stretching can improve mobility and flexibility, prepare your muscles for exercise, help with recovery after a workout, and reduce your risk of injury.
And stretching is just as important on those days when you’re stuck at your desk and you’ve barely moved a muscle.
Frequent stretch breaks can help to relieve the tight muscles and stiff joints caused by too much sitting.
The more variety you include in your stretching routine, the better.
So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best stretches for every muscle group to help you reap the benefits of stretching — from head to toe.
Leg and Hip Stretches
Whether you’re dealing with sore glutes from too many goblet squats or tight hips from too many hours in your office chair, these are the best hip and leg stretches to help your lower body feel more limber.
10 Leg Stretches to Relieve Tight Muscles
6 Psoas Muscle Stretches You Need in Your Life
6 Ankle Stretches for Flexibility
10 of the Best Hip Stretches Ever
8 of the Best Glute Stretches for Buttock Pain
Lower Back Stretches
If your back is achy after a long workday, a tough workout, or a weird night’s sleep, these lower back stretches can provide some much-needed relief.
7 Back Stretches to Help Ease Pain and Increase Mobility
9 Stretches to Relieve Hip and Lower Back Pain
Lower Back Stretches before Bed
Triceps, Chest, and Upper Body Stretches
Upper body stretches can help to ease sore muscles and improve your range of motion.
And if you spend a lot of time hunched over your laptop in virtual meetings, stretching your neck, chest, and shoulders can help relieve muscle tension in those areas.
5 Chest Stretches for Tight and Sore Pectorals
Best Shoulder Stretches to Relieve Tension
3 Triceps Stretches to Reduce Tension and Increase Mobility
6 Easy Stretches to Help Relieve Wrist Pain
Upper Body Morning Stretches
9 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain