We all want to look and feel better. Whether that means having more energy, having less aches and pains, or being able to take a few minutes out of your day to just be yourselfI-- a daily yoga routine has you covered. It’s easy to maintain a regular stretching routine because there are few things as important (and fun!) then getting into the habit of regularly exercising. Start your day off right by warming up stiff muscles first thing or end it with some relaxation time after working hard all week long! When it comes to looking and feeling your best, there are a few things as important (and easy!) as maintaining a regular stretching routine. Keep reading for five easy stretches you can do daily to look and feel your best!
Benefits of stretching
Stretching produces a multitude of benefits, whether you're an athlete or just looking to improve your flexibility. Stretching can improve your range of motion, increase blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, and help reduce the risk of injury. It can also help relieve muscle tension and pain, improve your posture, and increase your mental focus and concentration. Whether you're looking to improve your physical performance or simply want to feel better overall, incorporating a regular stretching routine into your life can be hugely beneficial.
Daily Stretching Routine
Do these 5 simple stretches daily. You'll be looking and feeling better than ever.
1. Neck Rotations
Keeping your neck flexible is extremely important for good posture, especially for those who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk on a computer.
Start by sitting up tall and bringing your right ear towards your right shoulder. Use your left hand to lightly apply pressure to your head if needed. Hold for five deep breaths before switching sides.
2. Overhead reach
Your back holds a lot of tension, especially if you spend a lot of your time sitting. Lengthening your back will help with posture, stiffness, and back pain.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and raise both arms overhead, reaching for the sky. Square your shoulders slightly and reach gently behind you to get the optimum back stretch. Hold for five deep breaths and release your arms to your side.
3. Standing forward fold
Another great back and leg stretch, this stretch will release all the muscles down the back of your legs.
Start standing with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Take a deep breath in as you exhale, hinge at the hips, and fold forward, letting your arms dangle towards the floor. Only go as far down as feels comfortable. Hold for five deep breaths before coming back up to standing.
Cat-Cow is another essential for back health. This brings your spine through its whole range of motion and maintains flexibility.
Start on all fours with your hands aligned under your shoulders and your knees aligned under your hips. As you inhale, arch your back and look up towards the ceiling. As you exhale, round your back and tuck your chin towards your chest. Repeat this sequence for five breaths.
5. Figure Four
Lie on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring your right ankle to rest on top of your left knee. Use both hands to grab hold around your right thigh and gently pull it towards your chest. Hold for five deep breaths before switching sides.
Doing these stretches every day can help you improve your flexibility, reduce stress, increase focus, and promote better posture. Give them a try and see how you feel!