Stretching 101

“Don’t forget to stretch”

How many times has someone said to you the statement written above? I am telling you if I had a dollar for overtime someone told me “Don’t forget to stretch” or reminded me of this… I would be able to pay off my college debt that I have accumulated.

Okay maybe not all of it but you get where I am going with this. 

It is so easy to forget to stretch. Majority of the time, stretching is not the first thing on someone’s mind who is itching to get into shape. Many say you are supposed to stretch before you plan to workout. Some say you are just supposed to stretch after you workout.

What’s the right answer?

I am here to tell you that there really is no right or wrong way to stretch. The main thing is to make sure you are actually stretching.

According to Shape, a “systematic review of studies that addressed the impact of stretching on sports injury risk published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise notes that the jury is still out on whether or not stretching can prevent injury among competitive or recreational athletes.”

Stretching doesn’t have to be made hard. Some of my friends say that stretching actually puts their mind at ease. Stretching can be as simple as sitting on the ground, legs spread apart, and stretching from side to side.

I found an article on Real Simple that showcased a couple of techniques when it comes to stretching. For me, I found this to be helpful and beneficial. Below, I am going to share those six body stretches that can be done anywhere at anytime:

  1. The Runner’s Stretch 

Place your right foot forward and lower it into a lunge, placing your fingertips on the floor. You should be feeling this stretch mainly in your hamstrings.

2.  The Standing Side Stretch 

Stand with your feet together and your arms straight overhead. Put your hands together, with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward and lean-to one side of your body.

3. The Forward Hang 

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Place hands over your head and lean your body forward so that your face is looking directly at your shoes.

4. The Low Lunge Arch 

Place your right foot forward into a lunge and lower your left knee onto the floor.

5. The Seated Back Twist 

Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and step your right foot over your left leg. Put your right hand on the floor, fingers pointing outward, for support. Bend your left elbow and turn to the right, placing the back of your arm against your right knee.

These are only a few stretches. If you would like to check out more, follow this link for my stretches.





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