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Lower Body: Inner Thigh Stretch


Muscles Used: Adductors (Inner Thigh)

Equipment Needed: Mat or towel (optional)



  1. Sit on the floor and extend your legs in front of your body.
  2. Bend your knees and place your feet together, side by side, flat on the floor. Place your hands on your calves (see photo A).
  3. Slowly let your knees fall open to each side and slide the soles of your feet together.
  4. Rest your hands on your ankles.
  5. Gently round your spine and roll your shoulders forward.
  6. Slowly lean forward, lowering your upper body toward your legs. Stop when you feel the stretch in your inner thighs (see photo B).
  7. Inhale (breathe in) through your nose, and exhale (breathe out) through your mouth, as you complete this stretch.
  8. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
  9. Return to starting position by rounding shoulders back and extending your spine to upright position.
Inner Thigh Stretch
Inner Thigh Stretch
Photo A
Photo B



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