Stretching Pt.1 (Static)
There comes a time in which you realize you haven’t “slowed down” in a while. Well here is hopefully not your 1st reminder to do so! We at Body One love seeing our members and community getting after their workouts, crushing it, getting strong and healthy! However we want to remind everyone to take some time to relax and breathe. And what better way to do that then to STRETCH!
We challenge you to take 30 minutes out of your week to do just that. Break it up however you’d like, be that 5 minutes/day, 10 minutes 3x/week, or once a week for 30min. If you have time for more than this, amazing, if not, start slow and make it happen. Your body will thank you!
In part 1 of this two part series, we will be talking about the importance of Static Stretching. Static Stretching allows for you to take time in each position for greater flexibility and range of motion. The main point is to stay in the position as long as possible without causing any extreme pain/discomfort and breathe through it to allow the muscles to relax further into the stretch. According to the Mayo Clinic, “research has shown that stretching can help improve flexibility, and, consequently, the range of motion of your joints.
Better flexibility may:
Improve your performance in physical activities
Decrease your risk of injuries
Help your joints move through their full range of motion
And enable your muscles to work most effectively”
When opting for static stretches there are a few things to remember; don’t bounce, don’t aim for pain but rather a balance between challenging yourself and being comfortable, be consistent, and strive for symmetry (whatever stretch you do on one side, do on the other). Lastly, be sure your body is warmed up before participating in static movement. The worst thing you could do is try and stretch cold muscles!
Here are some static stretches for you to try:
Pigeon Pose - Take your time as you breathe into that hip and stretch the thighs, the abdomen and open your heart! This one has many benefits and again, is not to be rushed. Take your time. Enjoy the ride. Find support and modify as needed.
Upper Spinal Floor Twist (the more inhales and exhales the more of a twist/stretch you get)
Spread Foot Forward Bend (really engages the hamstrings, be sure to relax the head and neck)
Join us next week for dynamic stretching!