There’s nothing like a good stretch to wake us up and give us more energy (and flexibility). The urge to stand up and reach our arms wayyy overhead when we’re feeling tired is almost automatic. The question is, why don’t we do the whole stretching thing more often?
The coaches are here to help motivate us by singing the praises of daily stretching and offering a few of their favorites to get started.
While stretching is super important before and after exercise, it’s also a great thing to do throughout the day.
Sitting for long periods of time is hard on our bodies, which puts more stress on joints and muscles in other areas of the body. For example, tight hips and glutes can cause pain in the lower back and knees.
This cycle can lead to chronic tension, weakening our muscles and causing unnecessary wear and tear.
The goal of stretching is to allow joints and tissues to move freely in all directions.
Start your day with a quick-and-easy routine while your coffee brews. Stretching after a hot shower or bath is best (when your muscles are warm), but if you prefer to stretch right after waking, just remember to go slow and easy. Be sure to include upper back and chest release stretches, side stretches, spinal twists, quad and hamstring stretches and a few forward bends.
It’s amazing the difference 5 to 10 minutes of daily stretching in the morning, plus taking short breaks throughout the day, can make. Your mood, productivity, posture and overall health will thank you.
Try these two short yoga videos from our coach team!