Do This to Stay Flexible!

Maintaining a healthy level of flexibility throughout your life is so important.  

Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to stay flexible: 

 1) To prevent injuries

2) Increase your range of motion

3) Improve your performance of everyday activities

4) Get better posture and body alignment

5) Have a better quality of life – play on the floor with your kids or grandkids!

6) Staying flexible makes traveling easier – it’s more comfortable to sit in airline seats or in the car for road trips!

5 OF MY FAVORITE STRETCHES YOU CAN DO AT HOME

There are many great stretches, and many of those stretches you may already know. Today I want to share 5 of my favorite stretches you may not be doing right now.   

SHOULDER STRETCH

Instructions

1. Stand with feet straight and shoulder-width apart, knees slightly flexed. 

2. Reach your right arm across your chest to the left.3. Gently push in your right elbow with your left hand.

3. Hold 20-30 seconds and then switch to the other arm.

TRICEPS STRETCH

Instructions

1. Standing or sitting comfortably, reach one hand behind your head with the elbow bent (the elbow should be pointing towards the ceiling).

2. Place the opposite hand on the elbow and gently pull it across your body until a stretch is felt, only working within the comfortable range of motion.

3. Hold 20-30 seconds.

HIP STRETCHES

Hip Stretch #1: 

Instructions

1. Lie on back with foot placed over the opposite thigh.

2. Place hand on the knee and pull to opposite shoulder until stretch is felt in the back of the hip. 

3. Hold 20-30 seconds.

Hip Stretch #2: 

Instructions

1. Lay on the floor on your back and cross the right ankle over the left knee.

2. Grip the thigh of your left leg and pull the knee towards you, lifting the foot off the floor. 

3. Pull the knee further towards you to increase the stretch.

4. Hold between 20 and 30 seconds.

5. Repeat with the other leg.

CHILD’S POSE

Instructions

1. Begin kneeling on your mat with your butt on your heels.

2. With your toes together, open your knees to at least hip-distance apart.

3. Lean forward and drape your body over your thighs so that your forehead rests on the floor.

4. Reach your arms out in front of you. Alternately, you can leave your arms along your sides. Try both and see which feels best to you.

5. Breathe deeply and relax. Release any tension you might be feeling in your back, neck, or hips. Give this exercise time to work. It can take a few minutes to allow your body to deepen into the stretch.

Try these stretches each day this week!