If you’ve ever marveled at the grace and agility of our feline friends, then this is the perfect program for you. Introducing the 10 Stretching Exercises to Be Flexible Like a Cat in Just 4 Weeks!
Whether you’re a beginner or already have some flexibility, this plan is designed to help you improve your range of motion, increase your flexibility, and enhance your overall physical performance.
So, get ready to embark on a journey that will have you bending, twisting, and stretching like never before. Let’s dive in and discover how these exercises can help you achieve feline-like flexibility in no time!
CAT AND COW STRETCHES
A cat and cow stretch is great to start warming up the spine, it also works on the flexibility of the back, neck and shoulders.
Get on your hands and knees. Arch your back slowly, letting your stomach fall to the floor and lifting your head.
Pause for a few seconds.
Slowly turn your back upward like a cat.
Perform 10 repetitions.
BACK EXTENSION STRETCH
The back extension stretch is great for stretching your back, just make sure not to overextend it.
If you feel any pain or discomfort in your neck, you have probably overdone it.
Lie face down.
Rise on your elbows, keeping your stomach resting on the floor.
Next, push up with your hands, in a pseudo push-up position, but keeping your hips on the ground.
Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
SIDE ANGLE STRETCH
The lateral angle stretch works several muscles, the spine, groin, hamstrings and abdominals .
Separate your feet about 1.5 meters.
Extend your arms so that they are parallel to the floor.
Lean to the right side, bending your right knee and resting your right elbow on your knee.
Extend your left arm toward the ceiling, maintaining a straight line from your left foot to your left hand.
If you can, lower your right hand to the floor behind your right foot.
Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
EXTENDED PUPPY STRETCH
The extended puppy stretch is great for your entire upper body, including your back, shoulders, and arms.
Get on all fours, keeping your hands under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.
Slowly move your hands forward, lowering your chest to the floor.
Don’t lift your arms off the ground.
Hold the position for 30 seconds and slowly return to the starting position. Repeat 3 times.
SIDE LUNGE STRETCH
Let’s move on to the legs, starting with this lateral leg stretch. Work your legs and hips.
Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Slowly transfer your body weight to your right side.
Take a stride to the right side.
Hold the position for 30 seconds.
Perform 3 repetitions on each side.
SEATED HAMSTRING STRETCH
Sit on the floor with both legs stretched out in front of you.
Extend your arms and lean forward, trying to reach as far as possible, keeping your legs straight.
Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
SEATED STRADDLE STRETCH
The seated straddle stretch increases flexibility in the inner and outer legs.
Start in a sitting position.
Stretch your legs out to the sides as much as you can.
Extend your arms forward as far as you can.
Hold this position for 30 seconds.
HURDLER HAMSTRING STRETCH
This hurdler hamstring stretch works flexibility in the hamstrings and calves.
Sit on the floor with one leg extended.
Bend your other leg at the knee and place your foot near the inside of the opposite thigh.
Extend your arms above your head and lean forward on your straight leg.
Hold this position for 30 seconds and repeat with the other leg.
SEATED SPINAL TWIST
The seated spinal twist is ideal for increasing flexibility in the shoulders, chest, and spine.
Sit on the floor and keep your legs straight.
Bend your right knee and place it over your left leg.
Hold the position for 30 seconds and return to the starting position.
Do the same on the other side.
The bridge stretch is not only an effective core exercise, but it is also good for stretching the neck, spine, thighs, and hips.
Lie on your back with your knees bent.
Slowly raise your hips, keeping your shoulders on the floor and your feet flat.