Stretch of the Week: Dynamic Lunges
By JD Field, DPT
AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist
Stretch Type: Dynamic
How to Perform: Begin in a standing position. Take a large step forward (as far as you feel comfortable) and rock your weight forward on to the front leg. Now, start to lower down towards the floor in a controlled manner. Drive back up and step forward with the opposite foot and repeat.
Why Perform This Stretch: A lunge is a common position for most sporting activities. This stretch also prepares the lower extremity joints for the loading that occurs in all physical activity. A good lunge promotes a stretch of multiple muscles including our hip flexors and also requires good mobility at our ankle joint. This stretch/activity will also promote good blood flow to the muscles to prepare them for more vigorous activity.
Please note: This movement requires good balance. If too difficult, utilize a wall or other objects for support on one or both sides. Only step and go down as far as you feel confident.