Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to stretch all your major muscles without pain

Here is a simple sequence of stretches you can perform everyday at home or after your workouts to nurture all your major muscles, release tension (especially in your back) and recover from soreness.

I've added modifications to the moves so that no matter how old, how new or how advance you are, you will enjoy them and will want to do them consistently... especially when you start to feel improvements in your daily movements and notice less tension or pain in your body. 

I cannot stress how important it is for every one of you to stretch your muscles. Daily movements (repetitive movements at work and at home), not enough movement, too much movement or intense use of the body... ALL this can cause the muscles to shorten, tense up or feel tight (stiff) and sore. As a result, you will lose flexibility (range of motion), and become prone to injuries and feeling aches and pains. 

ALL this, then, decreases the comfort of your day-to-day movement; compromises your athletic or fitness performance; and not to mention, causes you to experience back problems sooner if not later. Strength training and cardio exercise is good, but not good enough without the stretches. They have to go hand in hand. Most people don't realize this until it's too late.

I have to credit the strength of my body to the fact that I stretch. I wouldn't be able to perform as well if I were to focus on strength training and cardio without also including my stretches. There has to be a balance, like most things in life.

Be patient when stretching and keep breathing deeply. Be mindful as you move so you do not overstretch or overdo it because that can have a negative impact on your body as well. Just move slowly, be mindful and listen to your body every step of the way. Relax and enjoy! :)

P.S. Since you’re going to know how to stretch properly from here on, why not try one of my Fat Burning 10-Minute Home Workouts? See if you can keep up with me! ;) Click here for your 10-Minute Body Burn with Me.

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