Brooke Shields Shared the Easy At-Home Stretches She Does to Stay Flexible At 55

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Photo credit: Instagram

From Prevention

  • Brooke Shields, 55, just shared a series of stretches you can do at home.

  • The model and actress goes live on Instagram with trainer Ngo Okafor every Wednesday, offering fans free home workouts.

  • Shields has made fitness a priority after undergoing a partial knee replacement.

Brooke Shields is the fitness buddy we didn’t know we needed. The actress and model has been sharing workouts to her Instagram every week in an effort to keep her body moving after her partial knee replacement.

The best part about her fitness journey? She lets fans in on the fun, too. Every Wednesday, Shields shares a live workout on Instagram with trainer Ngo Okafor, and they can be done literally anywhere with minimal equipment.

This week, the duo focused on stretching. “The key thing to stretching is relaxation and breathing and not forcing positions,” Okafor said in the IGTV video. “Stretching is where your limits are. That’s where you live. And just add a little bit of pressure to open up a little bit more.”

Okafor also recommends breathing through every stretch. “Breathe into the tightness. If you’re doing a stretch and you feel any tightness, relax into it and breathe into it, and give it some time to open up,” he said, adding that everyone should stretch every day, no matter how busy your schedule is. “Even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day, it makes a big difference,” he said.

For the first stretch, Okafor had Shields spread her legs out wide in a seated position while keeping her toes flexed upwards. “When you keep your toes up, you get more stretch in your hamstrings,” he said in the video. “Open up the legs as far as you can go without straining, and then walk the hands out.”

After holding that position, the duo then alternated which sides of the back muscles they stretched by raising the left hand over the head and keeping the right hand straight against the ground. Then, they switched to target the right side. Next, Okafor and Shields brought their left legs in while keeping their right legs straight out. “Breathe into it. You’ll feel the stretch in the hamstring and in the knee a bit,” he said.

Then, they did the popular butterfly stretch by bringing both feet together in a seated position to target the groin muscles. “Pull in your feet as closely to your body as you can without straining and then pull the chest up,” he said. After that, they worked their hamstrings by putting their legs out straight in a seated position while grabbing their feet. (If this is difficult for you, you can bend your knees or grab on to your shins instead of your feet.)

Finally, they moved on to stretches you can perform lying down. While keeping the left leg straight, the duo bent their right legs and hugged them towards their chest to target the hip flexor. They brought the move a step further by putting their right arms out straight and bringing the knee across their bodies and grabbing it with their left hands. “Keep your left shoulder on the floor,” Okafor instructed. After they switched sides, they pulled both legs in towards their chests and squeezed them tightly for their final stretch of the day.

And there you have it! Give these stretches a try at home to increase flexibility and mobility.

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