Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes!

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Stretching is as important to your health as breathing oxygen and drinking water. It is often taken for granted being that it can be seen as a waste of time or not needed. The most frequent cause of muscle strains and tears is a lack of flexibility of those muscles. There are many things you can do to incorporate stretching into your daily and weekly routines.

To incorporate stretching into a daily routine you can follow and practice morning stretch practices that can be found just about anywhere. At most medium sized gyms you can drop into a yoga class, these classes can not only help increase your flexibility but also stretch some of those problem areas. Pinterest is also a great place for stretching ideas with countless amounts of stretching photos and how to guides. Lastly, don’t underestimate the art of social media fitness posts, these posts can at times be overwhelming and annoying but can also provide some helpful quick tips for your healthy living journey.

This topic has a special place in my heart today, as I nurse a partially torn hamstring. Long story short, I failed to thoroughly stretch before a soccer game and was keeled over in pain before we even reached half time. Although I believe that many things came into play in regards to my injury I do firmly believe lack of flexibility and strength was the main culprit. This injury that has put me on crutches for the foreseeable future could have easily been prevented with the correct daily maintenance of my body.

I often think that soreness of muscles and joints comes with the practice of regular exercise but that isn’t always the case. It is recommended that you stretch before and after every workout. Some studies also recommend stretching before you go to bed as well as being the first thing in the morning you should do to get your blood pumping and your muscles limber. Stretching should be regarded with the same importance as exercise and eating a balanced diet because in the end it can help guard you from future injuries and sicknesses.

So today I challenge you to find 4 stretches that you believe, you can do every morning as a wake up routine. They do not have to be hugely time consuming nor do they have to be advanced yoga. These stretches should focus on problem areas you may have and areas that you frequently target during exercise. I don’t want you to be crutch and couch bound like me, so don’t forget to stretch and listen to your body! ❤

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” – Bruce Lee

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Author: Christine Adelaja

Hi, I'm Christine! I am currently working towards my Masters in Business Administration with plans to bridge the gap between Nutrition and Business. I believe the road to healthy living is both beautiful, empowering and one never ending joke. My essential purpose is to motivate and empower others towards living a healthy lifestyle through education and guidance!

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