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Even on days when I don’t do a full workout, I always try to do some stretching.... this daily routine is essential, for me, as it helps to keep my spine and hips mobile.
Stretching in its most basic form is natural, enjoyable and instinctive. Even before getting out of bed, try doing some simple stretches before putting any weight on to your joints.
When we’re young we’re blessed with natural mobility and balance, and injuries recover quickly and easily. As we grow older we lose flexibility in our muscles, tendons and ligaments which directly correlates to aching and an increased risk of injury.
Women tend to be significantly more flexible than men but, as we age, we all tend to lose flexibility although it is often down to inactivity rather than the ageing process.
Stretching as little as 10 minutes a day, 3 days a week, can improve circulation and posture, and help you manage stress because well-stretched muscles hold less tension. Stretching can decrease pain and soreness after exercise.
One area where stretching is useful, and I can really vouch for this, is in the prevention of back pain. Our back is the core of our skeletal and muscular system so it is important we maintain it.
The back moves in 6 directions - it flexes forward, extends back, side bends right and left and rotates right and left. Therefore to stretch the back thoroughly we must stretch it every day in all 6 directions.
At some point, back pain affects an estimated 80% of us and is responsible for more time off work than any other condition. If you suffer, investigate a stretching routine that improves the extension of muscles and other soft tissues of the back. This can reduce back stiffness, improve range of motion and add strength.
Be patient and consistent. It's also important to relax during your stretching routine. It should not be a rushed event. The 'I've got to hurry up and do this so I can go' attitude is counter-productive.
Breathing effectively assists your stretches and makes them more productive. To maximise the benefits, exhale as you go into your stretch.
Try it.... it really does feel so good and has SO many benefits!❤️🤸♀️🧘🏼♀️