Intro to stretching daily

18
August
2020

Stretching is just as important as regular exercise. It does so much more than lengthen your muscles and improve your health in a physical way.

Your mental health can benefit greatly also. One of the components of stretching is breathing. Simply taking deep breaths in a state of stretch relieves your mind of the constant racing thoughts that feed anxiety.

To discover the full benefits of stretching, try the 4x4 Method - stretch for 4 minutes at 4 points during the day.

IN THE MORNING

  • Relieves tension from sleeping
  • Increases blood flow
  • Improves mobility
  • Helps avoid injury
  • Helps you focus throughout the day
  • Avoids aches and pains in joints later in the day
  • Improves digestion
  • Increases energy levels

BEFORE EXERCISE

  • Reduces muscle tension, relaxing your body pre-workout
  • Increases your range of motion
  • Avoids injury during workout (joint and muscle strains)
  • Increases body awareness
  • Promotes good blood circulation in your muscles
  • Reduces muscle soreness after exercise


AFTER EXERCISE

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Helps muscles recover from your workout
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Increases flexibility

BEFORE BED

  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Helps prevent you from waking up with more pain
  • Connects your body to your breath, promoting relaxation and stress relief
  • Creates mindful awareness improving quality of sleep
  • Reduces risk of muscle cramps while you sleep
  • Assists with those who suffer from insomnia

Use these as some sample stretches to begin. Try it for a week! Do you feel different?

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