07 Sep Stretches No Matter Where You Are
The scene is there, stretching in integral to your overall health and a key factor in aging well. But when’s the last time you actually tried to even touch your toes? And picking the kids’ toys up doesn’t actually count 😉
If you’re anything like me, you probably spend at least 6 hours a day at your desk, probably another 3 hunched over your phone, and if you’re lucky 2 hours slouching on the couch. That doesn’t lend itself well for aching bodies. Below are a few stretches you can do literally anywhere, including your cubicle.
1. Stretch Your Neck – Sit or Stand
With your shoulders relaxed and your back straight, drop your left ear towards your left shoulder and hold. From here, roll your head down and bring your chin to your chest. Hold here for a few seconds, and then roll your head to the right and bring your right ear to your right shoulder. Make sure to inhale and exhale while doing this.
If you want to take this to the next level, extend out the opposite arm from your ear while holding it to your shoulder.
2. Stretch Your Chest – Sit or Stand
While upright, interlace your fingers behind your back and straighten your arms as much as possible, the goal is to be completely straight. Now lift your arms up behind you while keeping your back straight and your shoulders down.
3. Stretch Your Shoulders – Sit or Stand
Start with your right arm across your chest, holding it below the elbow with your left arm. With your shoulder relaxed away from the ears, breath deeply and hold. Now repeat on the left side.
4. Stretch Your Legs – Stand
Stand feet hip-width apart and your back straight. Reach back and grab your left foot with your left hand, making sure to keep your thighs next to each other and your left leg in line with your hips. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. Stretch Your Hips – Stand
You’ll want to start standing tall with your back straight and your feet slightly wider than your hips. Turn your toes out, engage your abs, and keep your hands at your sides. Now slowly start to bend your knees and squat straight down with your hands supported on your thighs until you feel a stretch in your inner thighs. Don’t let your knees move past your toes, if this happens, take your feet out wider.
Okay folks, get to stretching!!