Weekend Challenge: Stretch It Out!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Friday!  For those who are new to the site, I am making 2012 "the year of flexibility" as a personal challenge.  After workouts, I am spending quality time stretching out and cooling down, which is something most people seem to skip.  It is very important to cool down properly to help the body recover.  Stretching prevents some of the delayed soreness and over time will improve your comfortable range of motion.

This weekend, I would like you to move (walk, run, bike, gardening, anything active) for 5-10 minutes (or feel free to accumulate your 30 minutes all at once. Go for it!) and then spend another 5-10 minutes stretching.  Hold each stretch for 10-15 seconds.  Do not bounce during these stretches. If the stretch feels comfortable to you, take a deep breath in and as you exhale reach a little further.  Stretching does not need to be in a fancy position.  Do what is comfortable to you. With time and practice, you will notice an improvement.

Stretching can be a nice quiet time that helps you recharge and refocus.  Do yourself a favor and stretch it out!

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