One of the best things you and your kids can do for your body is stretch! Before and after any physical activities, stretching will give you more energy before that next soccer game and give you a second wind to make it home afterwards. Stretching helps to avoid soreness and pulled muscles–and it can be a lot of fun! As you start to develop, your muscles tighten and become sore, and then as you age, range of motion in the joints can be minimized. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier!
Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. Stretching when you first wake up is also a great habit and will help you wake up for the day. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch in between sets. It feels good and saves time from stretching at the end of the workout!
Stretching is important for people of all ages! It does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results! You don’t even need to remember a special routine–just stretch and move your body in ways that feel good to YOU. Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconsciously. It feels good! Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
- Reduced muscle tension and stress (We all could use LESS stress!)
- Increased range of movement in the joints
- Enhanced muscular coordination
- Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
- Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you! Stretch daily with your family to connect, have fun, and stay fit! Let’s get Chipper with these stretches when your at work: