Easy Ways To Fit Stretching Into Your Day

StretchLike exercise, stretching regularly can have great health benefits. Whether it’s pre or post workout, when you wake up, or while you’re at work, stretching can help to alleviate tension, increase flexibility, and boost circulation. As a result, you may find that regular stretching can help you to carry on your daily routine with increased energy, focus and stamina. With this in mind, here are some great ways to incorporate light stretching into your day.

When You Wake Up:
Stretching first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up your muscles and shake off any stiffness that you may have developed during sleep. Start off slow and easy by rolling your shoulders or taking a careful bend to touch your toes. For an additional shoulder stretch, clasp your hands straight out in front of you and roll your palms so that they are facing away from your body. Very gently, push your hands toward the wall, allowing your shoulder blades to release forward. If you’re not one to get out of bed right away, try the same moves by sitting up straight with your legs out in front of you. Even in bed, these simple stretches can help you to start feeling awake and alert.

At Work:
Stretching a few times during work can help to relieve tension, reduce stress and improve focus. Stretching is especially important for those who work in an office as it allows for subtle, yet important movement that is often sacrificed by sitting most of the day. If you work at a desk, try raising your arms over your head and lean from right to left several times. Tilt your head gently forward, backward and side to side onto each shoulder for a subtle, yet effective neck stretch. For a lower body stretch, balance your heels on the floor and move your feet front to back and in circular motions. You may feel this most in your calves and shins.

Before Bed:
Incorporating subtle stretches before bed can help the body to wind down, allowing you to feel relaxed for better sleep. Lay on your bed or the floor with your legs straight up against the wall at a comfortable angle, with your arms by your side. Inhale and exhale for a few breaths while you feel the stretch on the back of your legs. For a back stretch, sit with legs crossed, arms raised, and round your back forward until your hands are as close as possible to the floor or surface of the bed in front of you. For an additional stretch, continue to sit with legs crossed and twist your torso and head carefully from right to left.

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