Health Tips: Daily Stretching
Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help prevent injuries, improve your posture (helping with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.
Here's What I Do
Spinal Stretch - Lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body. Your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for 30 seconds or longer. Then stretch the other side.
Seated forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you. Slide your hands down your legs toward your toes, bending forward as far as is comfortable. Go slowly and allow your muscles to slowly release their tension. (Stretching should never feel painful!)
Seated spinal Twist - With your legs straight in front of you, bend one knee to your chest, then grab it with your opposite arm, twist your body to one side, and hold. Repeat on the other side.
Stretch Out at the Office
You can do the following stretches at your desk. If you have a job where you sit a lot, I recommend that you stand up and stretch or walk every hour, if possible.
Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest
Hold one arm across your body with the opposite hand and stretch
Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls
Stand up and slowly lean forward toward your toes, letting your head hang, stretching your low back
Make it a Daily Habit
If you practiced these stretches while reading this, I bet you're feeling better already! Make daily stretching part of your wellness routine and your body will thank you.
Check out this 5-Minute Yoga flexibility routine on YouTube for a quick stretch you can fit into any busy day!