Daily Stretching - You Have Options!
The dread for taking time to implement a stretching regimen is right up there with maintaining an exercise routine. It's something we know we should do at least a few times a week, if not daily, but many of us avoid it like the plague. Common excuses may be:
Not enough space
Not enough time
No knowledge of proper techniques
My biggest excuse for avoiding both stretching and exercise is not enough time in the day. But let's address all of the above excuses and see if any of them are valid for my situation.
NOT ENOUGH SPACE
My home office is approximately 10' x 12'. In my office, I have a large L-shaped desk, filing cabinet, large IKEA cube book shelf AND all of our green screen video equipment. I'd take a photo and share it but let's be honest, I'm still working on #16: Tidy Your Work Space from our 20 Things To Start Daily post. 🤣 With that being said, I literally have a 6' x 3' walkway clear of clutter. "But Kelly, why would you stretch in your office?" Well, I sprained my ankle a week ago, so walking up the flight of stairs to our upstairs gym is out of the question. The rest of our home is hardwood floors and I need that cushy carpet! So my office it is.
I found an easy 10-Minute Daily Stretching Sequence with photos over at blog.Fitbit.com that I thought would be a nice way to start this daily routine. Guess what, 10 minutes later, I successfully completed 8 stretches in the comfort of my small and cluttered home office. Where's my Staples "That was EASY" button...?
NOT ENOUGH TIME
Again, this was my biggest excuse for stretching and still is for exercising (working on that). I decided that this morning I would add the 10-Minute Daily Stretching Sequence into my morning routine and see if I could still get ready for the day within my normal 90-minutes.
7am - Wake up, drink water, make coffee, let dogs out.
7:15am - 10-Minute stretching.
7:30am - Swap out laundry, sweep floors.
7:45am - Check email, make social media post.
8am - Shower, get dressed, make-up and hair.
8:30am - Make breakfast and get back to home office.
So there you have it, I did it. I believe that by mentally keeping myself on schedule, I was able to add in that 10 minutes because it stopped me from doing things like check Instagram or Facebook, which we all know can suck the time from your day. My goal now is to get up at least an hour earlier, so I can add in daily exercise.
As I mentioned above, I recently sprained my ankle. So realistically, I could say that stretching was out for me because I physically couldn't do it. Not so fast little devil on my shoulder! Before making this post, I made sure that I searched for a stretching routine that was primarily floor-based, so there wouldn't be much pressure on my ankle. The 10-Minute Daily Stretching Sequence by blog.fitbit.com was a pretty perfect fit for me. The first and last stretches are standing, however, I was able to adjust my position and put less pressure on my feet while still experiencing a good stretch in the target muscle area.
NO KNOWLEDGE OF PROPER TECHNIQUES
Hello...the internet can be your best friend for this issue! There are endless articles, videos and products available online that can help assist you in finding the right stretching routine to fit your schedule, space and physical limitations. Here are a few routines and products we came across that you might like:
10-MINUTE DAILY STRETCHING SEQUENCE by blog.fitbit.com
We love the Yoga EVO Elastic Stretching Strap with Loops. It comes with an eBook, Video Exercises & Carrying Bag.
This is perfect for both beginners and experts because they took the old stretching band concept and upgraded it! They replaced the nylon with a special cotton blend that feels good, and doesn’t cut your hands when you hold it tight.
This Yoga EVO Elastic Stretching Strap with Loops has over 700 reviews and received a 4.5 star rating. And, it's under $20!
Pressed for time? Try healthline.com's 5-Minute Daily Stretching Routine!
Do you need visual guidance but you don't have access to a TV, DVD player or Computer? Then you're going to LOVE the OPTP The Original Stretch Out Strap because it comes with a detailed Exercise Poster!
The OPTP The Original Stretch Out Strap and Poster is the top choice of physical therapists and athletic trainers for stretching and it has over 700 reviews and a 4.5 star rating!
Do you have physical limitations such as a disability that confines you to a wheelchair or you need to be seated to safely stretch and exercise? Then check out this video by Disability Horizons! They guide you through 10 excellent stretching exercises from the comfort of your wheelchair or chair.
Are you ready to take stretching to the next level? Then get some serious flexibility with the ProFlex Stretch Machine!
ProFlex Stretch GUARANTEES 30 to 50% increase in total body flexibility within 30 daysEffectively: (1) Measures Progress (2) Insures proper spine angle & technique (3) Muscle relaxation...assisted stretchSafe and very sturdy; superior results for sports, fitness and medical applications (ages 12+)Video links for Assembly, Usage, and Advanced Stretching; workout charts to record progressPortable with upright storage; easy assembly with included tools, 3-year warranty (normal use).
Hope this gives you some insight on adding a stretching sequence to your daily routine as well as finding the right products to easily guide you in targeting the right muscles! Feel free to comment below with any advice, suggestions or questions you may have and as always, LIVE LIFE LOGICALLY!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
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