We tend to underestimate how powerful stretching can be. Everyday our muscles tense up due to daily stresses, or they get tight from sitting down too long. All you need is a few minutes, twice a day to stretch out – you’ll be glad you did!
Stretching is great for circulation as it increases blood flow to the muscles. It improves your flexibility, range of motion and helps prevent injury. Plus, you’ll find that doing stretches boosts your mood!
You can do these simple, low-intensity full-body stretches anytime of the day. Hold each stretch on one side for 5-10 seconds and repeat on the other side. Your various muscle groups will be a getting a good, nice stretch in no time!
Note: Remember to breathe through the stretches as it will help relax you and allow you to go deeper into the stretch.
Target muscle group: Your chest area, shoulders and back
- Clasp your hands behind your back and pull your shoulders back.
- Imagine someone pulling your hands away from your body. Allow your chest to open up.
Target muscle group: Your upper left chest, shoulders and back
- Find a pillar or open doorway.
- Place your left hand on the surface and twist your body to the right side.
Target muscle group: Your outer left hip
- Find something sturdy to hold on to.
- Place your right ankle on top of your left thigh and lower your body into a seated position.
- Keep your back tall and chest open.
Target muscle group: The front of your left thigh (quads).
- Stand with your feet hip width apart.
- Lift up your left leg and grab hold of your heel towards your buttocks.
Target muscle group: All the way down the right side of your body
- Stand with your feet hip width apart, toes pointing to the front.
- Drop your body to the left side, reaching for your ankle, or your toes (if you can).
- Stretch you right arm up to the sky.
Target muscle group: Your whole upper body
- Sit down with your legs out stretched out. Cross your left leg over your right.
- Twist your body to the left and bring your right arm to the outer side of your left leg.
- Reach your right arm to the back.
- Sit up tall and pull your shoulders back.