Wanna Touch Your Toes? These 7 Poses Will Make It Happen
Whether you haven't touched your toes since Year Three gymnastics class, or you can't remember ever being able to bend over that far, 2015 could be the year you effortlessly fold yourself in half. You can't force your hamstrings and lower back to open up instantly; you need to gradually increase flexibility in these commonly tight areas, and these are the stretches to get you there. If you commit to this stretching sequence several times a week, you will notice a change in the suppleness of your muscles, making you that much closer to your goal.
Not only will increasing your flexibility give you bragging rights to say, "I can touch my toes!", but it'll also help prevent injuries if you run, bike, or ski. Make sure you're warmed up — after a run or three Sun Salutation B's is perfect — then follow this seven-pose sequence.