Many of my clients walk for exercise, which is great, but few stretch afterwards. As someone who loves stretching, it puzzled me why they didn’t. Turns out, most think that since walking isn’t strenuous enough to feel stiff or sore afterwards, there is no need to stretch. Stretching is about so much more than alleviating post-workout stiffness.
For some people, flexibility means being able to reach a glass on the top shelf when they are 70.
For others, it means if they take a tumble while skiing, they are flexible enough to roll with the tumble.
For me, it just feels so good to my body that teaches 10+ fitness classes per week. Without stretching, I wouldn’t be able to jump out of bed every day looking forward to my next workout.
After activity, whether it be walking, house cleaning, or a gym workout, our muscles and joints are loose, warm, and ready to be stretched.
Each stretch should be held for minimum of 10 seconds (this is for feel good stretching). For an increase in flexibility, stretches should be held 30 seconds. This is where yoga can help. If you are watching TV, rather than lying on the couch, how about take that 30 minutes as time to work on flexibility?
This video shows some basic stretches, that can be done anywhere, anytime!