Hi Get Healthy Challengers! Welcome to Week 15: Stretch Baby, Stretch.
Ever notice how much animals stretch? They must be on to something there. In fact, the act of stretching as part of an exercise routine cool-down or as part of daily life (see office stretches below) can help do two main things:
Improve athletic performance
Decrease the risk of activity-based injuries
Other benefits of stretching? Well, what about a tool to help you “re-focus” while you’re at work on a big project; a stimulant-free way to perk you up while on the cusp of the mid-afternoon slump; and a great way to get the blood flowing to parts of the body that tend to stiffen up throughout the day (hello gentle ear to shoulder moves).
Do It:Try incorporating mini-stretch breaks throughout your day. Even try some when you’d otherwise be stationary (brushing your teeth? Stretch those hammies!)
Post It:Tell us which part(s) of your body are the most inflexible (North Americans have notoriously tight hamstrings).