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I did this Saturday, but forgot to post until today.

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emoticon Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape.

How to do it
Sit on the floor. Stretch both legs in front of you and raise your arms so that your body forms the shape of the letter L. Slowly bend at the waist and grab your legs as close to your toes as possible. (If you can't bend like this without pain, loop a towel around the top of your feet and pull the towel toward you until you can feel the stretch across the bottom of your feet and behind your knees.) Hold for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 4 times. Remember to go easy, and don't stiffen your muscles.

Why it matters
Long live the L! This stretch improves the flexibility of the muscles in your back, buttocks, legs, and feet. It even helps work your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thighs), meaning you'll be at lower risk of back and sciatica pain. Finally, stretching lengthens muscles, improves your range of motion, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.

Fun Fact
The human body has three types of muscles: cardiac muscles, which make the heart beat; smooth muscles, which line organs; and skeletal muscle, which is attached to bones by tendons.




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