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3 Stretches That Will Fortify Your Mind & Body

Everyone knows how beneficial stretching is, but nobody ever wants to do it! If you’re too lazy, you should at least know about these three stretches…

Hey everyone! As a fitness expert, I have seen countless individuals focused on the “go, go, go” mentality when it comes to exercise. Well, that’s not a bad thing, especially when it comes to lifting weights and push yourself to your limits.

However, there’s one element that is often neglected: stretching! Today, I’d like to delve into the amazing benefits of stretching, both physically and mentally. Incorporating these into your routine will do wonders for you and your body.

Why Everyone Must Stretch!

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Let’s first address the physical advantages of stretching. Imagine your muscles as tightly wound rubber bands. That’s what tight, un-stretched muscles typically feel like. Regular stretching helps to lengthen and loosen these “rubber bands,” improving your flexibility.

This increased flexibility translates to a wider range of motion in your joints. If you think about it, a better range of motion allows you to perform exercises with greater control and proper form. In turn, this reduces the risk of injury.

Furthermore, stretching improves blood flow to your muscles, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen for optimal performance. Stretching aids in post-workout recovery by flushing out lactic acid, the byproduct that contributes to muscle soreness.

Clear The Mental

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The benefits of stretching “stretch” far beyond your physicality.

Have you ever noticed feeling tense or stressed after a long day?

This tension often manifests in tight muscles. By incorporating stretching into your routine, you’re not just loosening your muscles, you’re also releasing built-up tension. Stretching can act as a form of meditation, allowing you to focus on your breath and quiet your mind. Like yoga, the mind-body connection reduces stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling calmer and more centered. In essence, stretching contributes to a sense of overall well-being, both physically and mentally.

The 3 Stretches You Absolutely Need to Do

Now that you understand the importance of stretching, let’s get practical! I highly recommend these three stretches for everyone of all ages and body types…

i. The Hamstring Stretch…

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  • Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
  • Reach for your toes, keeping your back straight.
  • If you can’t reach your toes comfortably, use a towel or strap to assist you.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other leg.

ii. The Quad Stretch…

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  • Stand on one leg and gently pull your other foot up behind you, grabbing your ankle or calf with your hand.
  • Pull your heel towards your glutes, keeping your core engaged.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other leg.

iii. The Chest Stretch…

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  • Stand in a doorway and place your forearms against either side of the frame.
  • Gently lean forward, feeling a stretch across your chest.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then relax!

In all, remember, consistency is key! Try to incorporate these stretches into your routine at least a few times a week, ideally after a workout or anytime you feel tight. As your flexibility improves, you can explore more advanced stretches or hold these stretches for longer durations.

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Making stretching a regular habit is a simple yet powerful way to invest in your overall health and well-being. By improving your flexibility, you’ll not only boost your physical performance, but you will also experience a sense of mental calmness. So, take a few minutes each day to stretch, and feel the transformation in your body and mind!

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Since only 33.2 million out of the 333.3 million population in America stretches, we should be a lot more proactive!

If you have any thoughts or questions, please reach out below!