- Stretch before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Stretch on regular intervals while you are working at your computer, studying, watching TV or working on a craft project .
- Stretch before you do anything physical whether it be going for a walk, run or are just heading to go to the garden to dig around or cut the grass (or shovel the snow)
- Stretch breaks when driving in the car for any long length of time and if your job involves driving, regular rest and stretch breaks.
6 Tips on How to Stretch
Stretching your muscles can help relieve pain, improve your range of motion and boost energy.
- Don't Bounce!! You could injure yourself and actually have the muscle shorter and tighter than when you began.
- Keep your movements gentle, slow and controlled.
- Always stretch opposing muscle groups, front of the arm and back of the arm, hamstring and quads, front of the chest and upper back. Stretching just one group may cause an imbalance that can actually decrease flexibility.
- Ease into a stretch, and hold it for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Don't hold your breath! Breathe slowly and deeply to release any tension.
- Never, ever stretch to the point of pain.
When I was looking for the perfect video to show what kind of stretches that I would endorse, I laughed out loud several times at the flexibility that you would have to possess to actually get into some of the stretch positions. It is not reasonable to expect the average person to be able to perform them so I found a fantastic example with a video from Dr. Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. Do them the best you can and remember to breath deeply and easily during the stretch, and to enjoy!