The Forgotten Art of Stretching

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Forgotten Art of Stretching

We talk a lot about nutrition and exercise and how they are important to creating long-term health in your body. But when it comes to staying mobile, loose and feeling great, there is another piece of the puzzle that isn’t talked about as much. Stretching can not only keep you feeling great but can help you become stronger and protect you from hurting yourself when you exercise. There are various ways to stretch but even stretching for 10 minutes every morning can have a great impact on your personal well-being.

What to Stretch

It’s important that you stretch the part of your body that you are working out as well as the things that never get worked out. For instance, if you sit at a desk all day, your lower back, hips, and shoulders should be stretched on a regular basis. When you are hunched over a keyboard and sitting in a chair all day, these parts of your body can tighten up as they get used to being in this same position for much of your life. If you’re sedentary at home as well, this becomes even more important.

Try standing up a few times a day and stretching your lower back by trying to touch your toes or the floor. Breathe into the stretch to get the most out of it. Roll your shoulders around and stretch your arm across your body while pulling it close to strengthen your shoulders. Next, spread your legs, bend your knees, and lean to either side to open up your hips. This will help you stay loose and feeling good throughout the work day. Whatever your job may be, try to stretch often to stay mobile. It may not seem like much right now, but over time, this can have a drastic effect on how you feel.

Try Yoga

Yoga can not only stretch you throughout your body but can totally transform your physique by strengthening your core muscles. A short daily yoga routine can have benefits far beyond just stretching if you make it a practice. Combine this with exercise and your daily prayer or meditation ritual and you have a recipe for transforming body, mind, and soul. Remember you don’t have to go all out at the beginning. Protect your body and ease into it. The results will come if you create the habit and stick to it every day.

Stretching with Exercise

There are different thoughts with regards to stretching before or after exercise and that’s really up to you which you think works better personally. Both might be best. However, when you exercise it is necessary that you stretch. This prevents cramping, keeps you mobile, and can help you stay protected from harm. Make it a part of your workout regimen. One of the worse things you can do is interrupt your progress by hurting yourself. So make sure you are limber and ready to exercise.

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