If you've ever worked out, then the quadriceps stretch is probably familiar to you.
The quadriceps stretch is important, working one of the largest and most powerful muscles in the body.
The quadriceps is a muscle group comprising four muscles, which are responsible for extending the knee joint. This means that this muscle group is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting.
They also assist in flexing the hip, helping the leg swing forward from step to step. It is therefore essential to keep this area strong and flexible.
Performing the quadriceps stretch is easy:
- Stand on a stable surface.
- Hold a wall or stationary object for balance.
- Hold the ankle or forefoot of the leg to be stretched.
- Pull the ankle up towards your butt.
- Hold for ten seconds.
- Relax and repeat with the other leg.
To be sure you do this properly, ensure that the knee does not flare out to the side - this will transfer the stretch to the Illiopsoas.
If you want to really impress your friends, you can do this without leaning on a wall. Simply touching your forefinger to your belly button will help you to maintain your balance, presumably by helping you to focus better.