3 Simple Stretches
I’m busy just like you. I wanted this to be quick and easy since I was doing it every day. After warming up (jumping jacks or something similar for at least 30 seconds), do the following quick stretches.
If you haven’t seen the original video that was featured on MSN and Yahoo, check it out here: http://www.jasonbarron.com/41-days-trying-to-touch-my-toes/
PNF Hamstring Stretch
“Lie face up with your left leg extended on the floor and your right leg elevated. Loop a towel around the heel of your right foot and hold the ends in your hands. Lift your right leg as high as you can without bending your knee. Pull gently on the ends of the towel to maintain this position. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds, and then contract your hamstrings as though you’re trying to pull your leg back to the floor, but keep your leg from moving by maintaining steady pressure on the towel. Hold this contraction for six seconds and then relax your hamstrings and contract your quadriceps (the opposing muscles), releasing your leg a little farther toward your head. Hold this enhanced stretch for another 15 seconds and relax. Now repeat the sequence with the left leg.” (Source here)
“From a standing position, take one step forward and balance on the forward foot. Tilt your torso forward at the waist until your trunk is parallel to the floor or until you feel tension in your hamstring. Extend your free leg behind you for balance. Slowly return to an upright position and then step forward with the opposite foot and tilt once more. Continue for 30 seconds.” (Source here)
Try to touch your toes!
I highly recommend recording yourself so you can see your progress. There were so many times I wanted to give up until I actually saw the progress I was making on video. Also giveit100.com is an awesome site I used along the way. It allows you to upload your videos to show your progress towards your goal.
This is what worked for me. Try this every day and you will definitely see progress to touching your toes!