Exercises that Double as Stretches

Stretching after a workout only takes about 5 to 10 minutes but it’s usually something people tend to skip. Certified Personal Trainer, Karen Marcouiller specializes in working with men and women who are 50 and older. Karen stopped by with exercise ideas that double as stretches.

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Bird dogs

Stretches and strengthens the core – low back, abs, glutes. Great if you are just beginning an exercise program, are trying to increase core strength or are trying to reduce back pain and stiffness.

Romanian dead lifts

Stretches and strengthens glutes and hamstrings. The core and low back are used to stabilize.

Chest fly

Stretches and strengthens the chest and shoulders. The back and triceps help stabilize.


Strengthens and stretches the lower back muscles which support and stabilize the spine. Also stretches the chest and abdominal muscles.

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