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Research studies have proven without a doubt that there are numerous benefits when we incorporate stretching into our daily routine.
Listed below are a few benefits of stretching, my tips on how to stretch, along with a few beginner stretches to get you started!
My top five reasons to stretch:
Prevent injury by increasing flexibility.
Feel happier and more positive.
Loosens muscles and relieves muscle fatigue.
Overall stress relief.
How to Stretch:
Only stretch to the point where you feel a slight tension.
Relax as you stretch.
Breathe slow and in control.
Forget the old saying “no pain, no gain.”
Pay attention to your body, pain is an indicator that something is wrong.
Count slowly 10-30 seconds while you stretch. If you are holding your breathe or the mild tension does not ease off as you maintain the stretch you need to ease off.
Three Beginner Stretches:
Lay on the floor.
Raise your arms above your head.
Stretch your arms and feet in opposite directions as if someone was pulling them.
Grow tall while you inhale.
Hold for five to ten seconds, relax as you exhale.
Repeat two times.
Sit or stand, maintaining good posture.
Shrug your shoulders up towards your ears.
Hold for five seconds, repeat three times.
Check in to ensure you are not clenching.
Sit, stand or lay down.
Take a deep breathe.
As you breathe out slowly turn your head to the right.
Hold the stretch for three deep breathes.
Rotate your head back to middle facing forward.
Take an even deeper breathe.
Slowly rotate your head left while exhaling.
Hold stretch for three deep breathes
On the third exhale turn you head back to midline.
Check in to ensure you are not tightening any other areas while trying to stretch a specific muscle.
Why I stretch twice a day.
A.M. stretch is a great way to start the day. A morning stretch boosts my energy level by increasing blood flow-promoting a sense of tranquility.
P.M. The evening stretch relaxes my muscles, and alleviates tension which mean a better night’s sleep.
Why you should stretch too!
When you relax your muscles – you relax all of you!!
A few minutes a day will help keep stress away.
Regular stretching done in a safe, comfortable manner will increase your flexibility beyond your present ability and it will continue to gradually improve over time.
Check back next month for more tips and stretches!
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Smiles, from Lisagirl
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