How to do Butterfly Stretch

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Low

Target Body Parts: glutes, hamstrings


Sit down with an upright back, bend your legs to bring your feet in towards your hips and let your knees lower down to the sides. Place the soles of your feet against one another and hold onto your feet with your hands to help keep you in an upright position. Use gravity to allow the knees to lower out sideways and this will increase the stretch on the inside of your thighs.

How to make Butterfly Stretch easier

If you find it hard to get the soles of your feet to touch, you can start off with them apart and rest on your arm out behind you to keep you as upright as possible.

How to make Butterfly Stretch more challenging

To progress this stretch, push your elbows and forearms down on to your thighs to help them lower towards the floor.

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