How I touched my toes in 41 days

By February 3, 2014 Goal, Video 9 Comments

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/

Calf Stretch

Calf stretch
Standing on a stair, put the ball of your foot on the end of the stair and slowly drive your heel down. Hold for 30 seconds. Do this on each leg.

PNF Hamstring Stretch

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)

Tilt Walk

Tilt walk
“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!

Touch touch
Now gently try to touch your toes. Hold this stretch for at least 15 seconds then slowly come back up. Repeat this 3 times.

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.

Good luck!

This is what worked for me. Try this every day and you will definitely see progress to touching your toes!

9 Comments

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  • Ropp says:

    Hi, a dancing friend of mine told me that when you bend over to touch your toes you also need to let your head drop, not keep it slightly tilted up as I’ve noticed in your video. You will get at least an extra inch I’m sure.

  • Laura says:

    This is so inspiring — I’m definitely going to try this! How many times each day did you do the given stretches?

  • Nadia says:

    Hi Jason, just wanted to say how inspired I am. I am young, slim and excerise moderatly but have always struggled to touch my toes. It’s so embarrassing when I am doing a class and need to stretch infront of people. I always thought there was something wrong with me but I am so happy to see someone in the same boat that has accomplished such a difficult goal! Good for you!
    I just want to ask you, apart from stretching everyday to touch your toes, did you do any other physical workouts as well to help?

    Thanks

    • Jason Barron says:

      You are not alone!! I always thought there was something wrong with me as well. I figured I would just be consistent and try it out and I finally did it! Take that gym teachers!

      I didn’t do any special exercises other than just trying to get the blood running. I would sometimes go on a stationary bike, or jump rope, or treadmill. There wasn’t anything specific other than just making sure you are warmed up first. It makes a huge difference and doesn’t take very long.

      You got this Nadia!

  • Lani says:

    Hi I am a gymnast and can’t touch my toes I am going to try this out because I really need to be able to touch my toes thanks for the tips and ideas !!!

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