Stretching – A Lifestyle Theme
If you are looking for an exercise that will accommodate any frame of mind, body shape, age or fitness level then you are in the right place.
I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 2 decades teaching as a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant and Lifestyle Coach. Throughout each decade I’ve had what I call “Lifestyle Themes.”
In my 20’s the theme was COMPETITION, competing in fitness/figure shows all the way to the stage and bright lights of Vegas. In my 30’s the theme was OWNER of LADIES GYM as well as OPERATING MANAGER, the marketing/events coordinator, the personal trainer, nutrition consultant, sales expert and the cleaning lady. Now I am in my 40’s and the theme has been CONNECTING mind, body, spirit/soul – finding balance, stability, prevention and longevity for a lifetime of health and fitness.
Throughout every theme of my lifestyles there is ONE practice that remains universal to becoming healthy and stands the test of time to prove beneficial to staying fit for a lifetime – STRETCHING!
Benefits of Stretching
· Enhances muscular coordination
· Improves posture for better alignment
· Greater sense of well-being
· Strengthens muscles
· Weight loss
· Reduces inflammation
· Damage prevention
· Better mental function
· Improves balance
· Improves performance in physical action
· Decreases risk of injury
· Helps joints move through full range of motion
· Enables muscle to work effectively
· Increases blood flow to the muscle
· Pain relief
· Relaxation and stress relief
· Protects organs
How and When to Guide for Stretching
No matter your age, size or fitness level flexibility can be regained by stretching regularly (at least 3 times per week) and improvement will be seen within weeks.
How to Guide
- Warm up first by inhaling and exhaling deeply combined with arm circles, neck circles, core movements and walking in place for a few minutes
- Stretch to the point of where you feel tension in the muscle not pain in the joint
- Hold each stretching position for 15 – 60 seconds
- Do each pose 2 – 3 times
- Inhale first and exhale as you move into the stretching position
- Progress of flexibility is made through the exhale
- Progress is performed slowly and in controlled manner – graceful movements – no bouncing
When to Guide
Morning Wake Up (15 – 30 minutes)
- Reduce stiffness
- Start up energy for your day
Mid Morning or Mid Afternoon Break (5 – 10 minutes)
- Re focus
- Re energize
Afternoon or Evening Exercise (30 – 60 minutes)
- Increase metabolism
- Relieve stress
Late Evening (15 – 30 minutes)
- Prepare for good night’s sleep
There is no wrong time to practice stretching, just be sure your body is warmed up first. Reminder that the core (belly) is your source of energy that creates healthy heat through breathing deeply and steadily.
Enjoy your theme of Stretching as a Lifestyle.