Stretch Out With ICAN PT’s High Heel Workout
Recently launched in Dubai, premium personal training brand ICAN PT offers a 5-stars luxury approach to fitness. And with summer coming to an end and long office hours ahead, the luxury fitness club know how important it is for us ladies to look good at work.
Yet if you’re constantly sitting or strutting in high heels, it’s well known to affect the natural muscle alignment of the body, leading to strains on certain areas such as the back, chest, and abdominal muscles.
In order for you to maintain a good posture and lean flexibility, ICAN PT gives you a quick training guide to stretch and strengthen some key areas:
Hamstring Stretch: Sit on the floor and stretch one leg out straight to the side. Bending the other knee, place the bottom of the foot on the inside of the stretched leg. Stretch forward, trying to touch the toes of the extended leg. Repeat again on the other side.
Hip Flexor Stretch: Stand in a neutral position and adopt a static lunge position. Place the back leg on the floor and push the hips forward and can feel the stretch through the hips and pelvis. Return to the standing position, and repeat on the opposite leg.
Lower Back Stretch: Sitting on the knees, stretch forward until the hands and forehead are touching floor; the stretch should be felt especially in the lower part of the back.
Chest Stretch: Stand in a neutral position and place both hands in the lower back, where the back slightly curves inwards and push the arms to bring the elbows closer together.
Back Strengthening: Exercises to strengthen the upper back will help maintain a straight spine and stop curvature of the shoulders. Try resistance band rows, cable flys and TRX rows; these retraction workouts will prevent weight bearing on the chest, instead balancing it across the back.
Glute Strengthening: Try step-ups, clams, and lateral band walks.