Stretch Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
By Sara Butler
Flexibility is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your overall health. Your chiropractor believes your body needs to be flexible in order to reach its optimum levels of fitness and health, so it’s something you should be working on daily! Here are a few ways you can work to become more flexible!
Why Flexibility is Important
Flexibility is important because it makes it easier for your body to complete everyday activities in a healthy way. It also helps it to adapt better to physical demands and stressors, and can even contribute to preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. So, why not work on your flexibility so you can feel better every single day?
A Few Good Stretches
If you’re looking to increase your flexibility, it’s easy with these stretches:
- Quad stretch – This stretch is great for your quads, your hips, and your hamstrings. All you have to do is kneel on your floor with both of your knees bent. Lunge one leg forward so it’s bent at a 90-degree angle with the other leg behind you. Put your hands on your knee and lean into the lunge, pressing your hips forward. Make sure your torso is upright throughout. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat three times on each side.
- The bridge – This is a great stretch, especially for your chest, hips, abs, glutes, and legs. To do it, simply lie on the floor and make sure your knees are bent and your arms are out to the sides. Extend one leg out and then lift your hips toward the ceiling. You should stop when your body forms a diagonal line from your extended knee to the shoulder on the same side. Keep the movement controlled, not jerky, and then repeat 10 times on each side for about 10 seconds apiece.
- The trunk twist – This helps to stretch out your obliques, abs, and back. Sit on the floor and make your legs are straight out in front of you. Also, make sure you’re sitting up straight and engaging your abdominal muscles. Rotate your ribcage to one side, keeping your head in line with your trunk and your abs engaged. Twist as far as you comfortably can, then return to the center. Repeat to the other side. Do 10 times, holding the last twists on each side for 30 seconds.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.