Serena Williams shares her stretching routine and it's perfect for mamas everywhere

Because our bodies could probably use a little extra love right now.

Serena Williams lower-body stretches

If there's anyone who knows how to keep your body in optimum condition, it's Serena Williams. The tennis champ has won 10 major titles since her 30th birthday, which is seven more than any other woman in the Open era. Williams is a true athlete and there's no way the tennis champ could move around the court at lightning speed without having mastered the art of stretching.

And now, thanks to the world being on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, you too can try William's killer stretches. On Friday, the 23-time Grand Slam winner shared an Instagram video that explained her lower-body stretches, giving special attention to hip flexors.

"For me, when I work out it's about flexibility, and staying limber and trying to keep it all going," she said. "I love being flexible—it's a lot of fun."

According to research at the Mayo Clinic, stretching is extremely important, but shouldn't be considered a warmup. Before stretching, warm up with light walking, jogging or biking at low intensity for 5 to 10 minutes. Also, if possible, stretch in a smooth movement, without bouncing. Bouncing might injure your muscles and give you tightness.

Thanks for sharing this stretch, Serena! And, as you so eloquently stated, "now more than ever, we are all one team."

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

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