How you can Touch Your Toes (4 Stretches to enhance Versatility)


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THE 4 BEST STRETCHES TO TOUCH YOUR TOES: Standing toe touch stretch – 30 seconds Cat/Camel – 30 seconds (switch positions every 5 seconds) Star stretch – 30 seconds (as many slow reps as you can). Start on your hands and knees, with your knees below your hips and hands beneath the shoulders. Bend your right knee and slide it forward between your hands. Your right heel should rest under your left hip. Keep your left leg extended straight behind you and your hips square.

HOW TO DO IT: Sit on the ground with your right leg straight. Bend your left knee until the sole of your left foot is resting on your right inner thigh. Reach toward your toes and bend forward at your hips until you feel a pull along the back of your right thigh. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds, then relax. Stretch three times and switch legs.

Touch your fingertips to your toes and straighten your legs until you feel a good stretch through your hamstrings. Hold for 30-60 seconds, taking deep breaths. Notice if your legs are able to get a bit straighter as you hold the stretch. Stick to this easy 7-day schedule to do the full Touch-Your-Toes Challenge. Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to improve ROM Hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds to the point of tightness or slight discomfort Repeat each stretch two to four times, accumulating 60 seconds per stretch Static, dynamic, ballistic and PNF stretches are all effective.

Trying to touch your toes is a pretty frustrating task for us inflexible folks. But according to the experts, it’s not impossible. Here’s your action plan to.

Then do your toe touch 10 times. Tips. Take breaks in between jumps to avoid getting too tried.

You may want to do the jumps in front of a mirror to see exactly what you are doing wrong. Ask someone to critique your toe touch. Make sure you point your toes. Turn your hips under when you jump.

Wrap your fingers over your big toe with your fingertips resting near the big joint at the base of your toe. Press your thumb into the top of the joint and gently bend your toe back as far as is comfortable. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds, then release. Step 3.

My Calisthenics Programs: �� Follow Me: MUSI. The Benefits of Being Able to Touch Your Toes. If you want to increase your flexibility, you’re gonna need to stretch.[1] It’s how you make your muscles elastic and strong.

Why bother though? What’s the big deal about being able to touch your toes? Here are some of the benefits provided by stretching: Increase range of motion.

List of related literature:

Extend your arms and point your toes, making your whole body into a long, straight line, and then stretch, pulling your hands away from your head and your toes in the opposite direction.

“Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body” by Sarah O'Leary Burningham, Alli Arnold
from Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body
by Sarah O’Leary Burningham, Alli Arnold
Chronicle Books LLC, 2013

There are a number of YouTube videos available that show the stretches; Google “Resistance Flexibility” to find them.

“Making Life Easy: How the Divine Inside Can Heal Your Body and Your Life” by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
from Making Life Easy: How the Divine Inside Can Heal Your Body and Your Life
by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Hay House, 2016

Reach your hands under the arches of your feet, either from the front or sides of your feet, and pull up your torso, away from your feet, straightening your arms and lifting your butt into the air.

“Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice” by Lauren Walker, Donna Eden
from Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice
by Lauren Walker, Donna Eden
Sounds True, 2014

Keep a log of how far beyond your toes you can reach, how difficult it is to reach behind your back and touch both hands, or how far forward you are able to move when stretching your calf muscles.

“Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform” by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
from Physical Fitness and Wellness: Changing the Way You Look, Feel, and Perform
by Jerrold S. Greenberg, George B. Dintiman, Barbee Myers Oakes
Human Kinetics, 2004

The best way to improve flexibility is to perform stretching exercises.

“Total Training for Young Champions” by Tudor O. Bompa
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by Tudor O. Bompa
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Continue to relax forward, keeping your legs flat on the floor, until your fingers can grasp the big toe of each foot, your elbows can touch the floor, and your whole upper body can rest on your thighs, with your head on your knees or a little below them.

“Art and Science of Raja Yoga: Fourteen Steps to Higher Awareness, Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda” by J. Donald Walters
from Art and Science of Raja Yoga: Fourteen Steps to Higher Awareness, Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
by J. Donald Walters
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To stimulate them, use thumb walking down the bottom of each toe, and hook in right in the center of each toe for a couple seconds as in Figure 13-12.

“Massage For Dummies” by Steve Capellini, Michel Van Welden
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Stand in 5th position, right foot front; demi-plié, left leg is drawn to the side in a gliding movement, the knee and toes are straightened and the toes touch the floor in 2nd position.

“Basic Principles of Classical Ballet” by Agrippina Vaganova
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by Agrippina Vaganova
Dover Publications, 2012

Stretch your entire body while standing on your toes.

“From XL to XS: A fitness guru's guide to changing your body” by Payal Gidwani Tiwari
from From XL to XS: A fitness guru’s guide to changing your body
by Payal Gidwani Tiwari
Random House Publishers India Pvt. Limited, 2011

TECHNIQUE Bend your upper body and try to touch your feet with your fingers.

“Anatomy and 100 Essential Stretching Exercises” by Guillermo Seijas Albir
from Anatomy and 100 Essential Stretching Exercises
by Guillermo Seijas Albir
Barrons Educational Series, 2015

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  • Thanks for the vid. What stretches should we do to get the full leg splits? I’ve trained taekwondo and we did bent stretching all the time so i don’t know what else to do.

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  • I hate this exercise anyway, I always feel it behind the knees for some reason, I have to bent my legs slightly to actually feel my hammies

  • When I first started I could barely reach past my knees. 3 weeks later I can reach my toes again for the first time since like high school lol

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  • Thankyou so much Doc! I was able to touch the ground. I was exercising since 1 week to get it but couldn’t achieve. I gave 5 mins to this… And it’s miracle!!!!

    P.s I am not lying!!

  • Hamstring stretching is the most uncomfortable of all muscle groups to stretch, but seems the most beneficial. So uncomfortable…..I think I would enjoy a machine for this

  • Terrible form (rounded back, bent legs). Static stretching isn’t effective, and results will quickly vanish after stopping your routine. Don’t do this boys and girls.

  • It worked! I was a few inches from touching my toes and after I did all the drills I was able to touch my toes with my fingertips! Thank you so much!

  • This did in 7 minutes what a month of Yoga couldn’t and he didn’t even tell me to send awareness through my body, thus making me roll my eyes so far into my skull that I can actually have a look in there and accidentally gain some awareness. Thanks, dude.

  • Wow that was awesome! I was having doubts at first, until I tried it. First time touching my toes in my whole life without bending my knees.

  • I stretched every morning for 30 minutes timing each stretch (no props that t just wastes time) and it took less than 2 weeks to touch toes. Don’t procrastinate or overthink it like this guy and you will be flexible in no time and push yourself once you plateu:)

  • This reminds of my PT telling me that someone like me, who has had lower back pain/issues since I was a teen, should avoid Yoga. He recommended Pilates to me instead.

  • I don’t know if bending your spine is a good idea. The motive behind “touching your toes” is to stretch your calves and hamstrings.

  • sooo much bs… the before everybody does it cold, there cant go far, after streching the warm muscles extend much more. you could have also done othe hamstring strech exercises.. i did this after i was warm and reached like 1cm wider down…

  • Touching toes while standing is similar to the position needed in traditional farming, in weeding and planting. I used to be laughed at by farmers as I was not as flexible and unable to join in for any length of time…..

  • i am going to follow the instructions on this video and just started today (4-23-2020). I am going to see what I can do in 8 weeks and beyond.

  • I must be doing something wrong when I do these exercises I feel the stretch in my calves not the hemstrings any suggestions?

  • 3:31 So when you are” strong in the hips, you CAN stretch that way”? Look at the expression on the face of Brad. He is like: “what? MMh. No.”
    Seriously, every Yogi shoud have immense back problems, because there are lots of figures that require bending over. I haven’t heard of a specific yoga induced backpain epidemic yet.

  • This is very interesting.
    I am 31, F, and extremely inflexible and I have never been able to touch my toes. The furthest I can get is just arrive my knees then it’s starts to hurt!
    I’ve started doing a bit of yoga for beginners but I really can’t stay in the positiona for long enough without my arms or legs shaking as I don’t have alot of balance.

  • I feel like his form is wrong. He should be trying to get his belly to touch his thighs when stretching instead of just trying to touch his toes.

  • I have this same problem. And i often feel like I am the only one. I am now 39 years old, but this video inspires me to improve myself. Thank you:) And thank you for doing this, it gives me hope.

  • Ok. I got 1 even better take a ball tennis or golf ball and place it on the floor and rub the bottom of your foot on the ball as hard as you can without hurting your foot.
    There is a strap of muscles that start at the tip of your toes, goes under your feet, up the back of legs and back over your head to your eye lids. Sometimes when you do this move you will feel your forehead pull. Its weird if that happens.

  • I’m a medical student and need to tell you that you can just forget about “fascia”. It’s nothing different from muscles. Every muscles has its fascia and there is no fascia without any muscles. The blue “fasica” was nothing else then m. erector spinae, hamstrings etc.
    Also: Accupuncture has nothing to do with that.
    Just stretch and you’re fine, people have been doing that for 50 years.

  • it’s super real…i was.not are to touch my tose and it was almost 10 cms gap. in 10 mins I m able to touch ground…it real. this worked as.just did as per the video..super cool