December 15, 2019

Ease Low Back Soreness

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Standing Low Back Stretch

Ease low back soreness that comes from sitting for too long. Take a break, stand up and do this low back stretch. Bend forward placing your hands on your knees. Keep your weight centered. Tuck your chin into your chest, inhale and round your back. Next, exhale, lift your head and arch your back. Perform 3-5 repetitions moving at your regular breathing rate.

 

*Consult your physician before performing stretch.

 

Post-Workout Stretch

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Seated Straddle Stretch

Add this post-workout stretch into your routine and feel the full body benefits. Begin seated with your legs wide. Sit up tall, inhale and reach up with your right hand. Exhale and gently reach your hand toward your left, bending your torso. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Next, inhale and reach up with your left hand. Exhale, and gently bend to your right side. Hold for 10 seconds, then release.

 

*Consult your physician before performing stretch.

 

End-of-Day Total Body Stretch

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Total Body Stretch

Stretch your body into relaxation at the end of the day. Here’s how:

Begin seated with both legs out straight in front of you. Cross your right ankle over your left. Gently walk your hands forward bending your chest toward your knees. Hold for 10-20 seconds or 2 deep breaths, then release. Next, cross your left ankle over your right. Walk your hands forward, and hold for 10-20 seconds or 2 deep breaths, and then release.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Post-Cardio Stretch

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Kneeling Hip Stretch

Do this Kneeling Hip Stretch after logging a cardio workout. Here’s how to start:

Begin kneeling on your right knee, with your left foot forward and flat. Keep your torso upright and straight. Let your hips fall forward, feeling a gentle stretch in your right front thigh. Hold for 10-30 seconds, then release. Repeat the stretch kneeling on your left knee with your right foot forward and flat. Let your hips fall forward. Hold for 10-30 seconds, then release.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

 

Full Body Stretch in One!

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Seated Hamstring and Back Stretch

Do this full body stretch for relaxation at the end of every day. You’ll decrease muscle tension to breathe and move easier. Here’s how

Sit down with your right leg straight out to the side of you. Bend your left knee and tuck your left foot to the inside of your right knee. Next, lift your left arm straight up and bend your torso over your right leg. Hold for one inhale and one exhale, then release. Repeat with your left leg straight out, reach up with your right arm and bend over your left leg. Inhale and exhale. Release.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Add this stretch into your workout

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Lying Hamstring Stretch!

Add this hamstring stretch into your workout. Stretching your hamstrings can reduce stress on the low back. Flexible hamstrings allow you to sit, walk, stand and function in neutral posture and proper spinal alignment. Here’s how to do it:

Lie on your back, with the back of your leg close to a door frame or wall. Place your right heel up on the door frame, keeping your knee straight. Extend your left leg straight out on the floor. Inhale and pull your toes down toward the floor. Exhale and hold for ten to thirty seconds, then release. Repeat placing your left heel up on the door frame, keeping your knee straight. Inhale, pull your toes down toward the floor. Exhale, hold for ten to thirty seconds, then release.

 

*Always consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Ease-Tension Stretch

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Corner Stretch!

Stand facing a corner. Step forward with one foot and place your forearms on the wall, with your elbows slightly lower than shoulder level. Gently lean forward, feeling a stretch across your chest and front shoulders. Hold for ten to thirty seconds.

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Is Stretching Important? By Sarah Johnson

Is stretching important in fitness?

There has been some recent controversy as to whether stretching is important: Does it actually prevent injury? Should you stretch before or after a workout? Why should I stretch at all? Whatever you may have heard, I’d like to share my reasons why I believe stretching has its place in a fitness program.

 

• It helps establish your intentions. Take a few minutes after your warm-up to stretch. Remind yourself why you are doing this; what your goals are and how is this activity going to help you get there.

• It lets you think about your plan. When you set out for a run, walk, hike or any other activity, beginning with a light warm-up and stretch gives you a few extra minutes to think about your route, to clear your head or plan for any obstacles you may encounter.

• Stretching helps you focus. Instead of jumping right into the workout without thinking, you can spend a few quiet minutes lightly stretching, making sure your mind is in the present without any distractions. No matter what your belief is about stretching preventing injury, an unfocused & distracted person plus exercise can be a recipe for an injury!

• It also helps you wind down. After a grueling workout or long training session, five minutes spent relaxing your mind and loosening your muscles is the best way to think about your accomplishment!

By the way, I do believe stretching is most successful when done after your body and muscles are warmed up, when they are most loose and pliable. And as far as if it’s even worth doing (as some have argued), if it feels good and you have the time for it, I say ‘Why not!?’

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