Get Healthy Tip 7: Make Time to Stretch

We often pass up a good stretch. We either don’t make time for it or don’t like to do it, but stretching is extremely important. We need to strive for a balanced body. Tight muscles are strong but inflexible while long muscles are flexible but weak. The real goal is to have balanced muscles. For the rest of this week pick one stretch for each day. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, break for five secods and repeat two more times. If you don’t have a stretch that comes to mind, try these:

Today: Hamstring (the back of your upper leg)
Wed: Hip Flexor (the front of your hip)
Thurs: Obliques (the side of you abs)
Fri: Shoulders
Sat: Gluts (your butt muscles)
Sun: Calf

If you don’t know how to stretch those muscles, move your body until you feel a stretch in that location. Look at it like a little self discovery. Remember you want to feel a stretch not a strain. Don’t stretch to the point where you make yourself miserable and never want to do it again.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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