Daily stretching can increase blood flow to the muscles, improve posture, decrease muscle tension and improve joint range of motion. Here are some important considerations and tips to help you incorporate daily stretching into your life:
- Always consult a health professional before beginning any exercise program. However, it is safe to assume that most people in generally good health can participate in basic daily stretches with no problems. Basic stretches can include basic ranges of motion or just a change in position. For example: moving after sitting for long periods of time; sitting after standing all day, bending and squatting at the knees after standing, swinging your arms back and forth after sitting at a desk all day.
- Never participate in a stretch that causes you pain. If you extend your arm back and you feel pain in your shoulder that may be a good sign of an underlying issue to consult your health professional about.
- Focus on key muscle groups every day. Key muscle groups include those that are mostly overused and those that will normally feel tight. We recommend focusing on your chest (pectoralis),
- Look into local yoga or Pilates classes for added support and ideas to help you better improve your stretches.You may be surprised how much better you begin to feel by attending just one class a week.
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