As I travel along the fitness path, the thing that comes up most often for people is the desire to stretch. We all know that it feels good, but we just don’t do it.
Why? I honestly have no idea.
If you have to pick just one type of physical activity, make it stretching. It’s that important.
When done properly, stretching assists the body in maintaining strength, flexibility, range of motion, and is great for relieving stress.
When done improperly, you can hurt yourself. So make sure that you take it slow, get someone to check your form if you are unsure, and consult your doctor if you have any limitations that may prevent you from stretching properly.
We instinctively stretch, sometimes in the morning right after waking up and again after sitting for long periods of time.
We know that it is important, but still we don’t do it consistently.
Stretching goes hand in hand with exercise as well, as properly stretched muscles perform better, receive more blood flow, and are less prone to injury.
It doesn’t have to be a big deal either. Five to ten minutes of stretching done consistently will have benefits that are noticeable.
You will just feel better!
So if you are looking for an easy way to start to fine-tune that wonderful body you live in, stand up and reach for the sky. You might just touch a star, and if not you will feel like a star yourself!