Paddling Stretches Part 2
This next one is a hip flexor stretch. So you’re going to go into a canoe pose and you want to feel this in the front of your hip on the knee that you’re kneeling on. This is going to be important to stretch for canoers to get that nice long reach. It’s also important for kayakers to stretch because you’re sitting in a boat all day and your hip flexors are getting really short and then you’re going to go into cross training and with running and cross country skiing and skating, you need long hip flexors to get that nice long push back and it’s going to reduce your risk of injury in the off season. Now you’re going to cross the front leg over and to the into Pigeon Pose. You should feel this in the glute of the front leg. A good cool down in stretching is really important because it’s going to decrease your muscle tightness, it’s going to remove the waste products that have built up throughout exercising, it’s going to reduce your risk of injury as well increase your rate of recovery. This means you’re going to be able to get more out of your next practise. So just like the warm up, not only is it going to improve your results because you’re not going to be injured, but it’s also going to be able to improve your results because you’re getting the most out of your training and the most of that next practise.