Your Daily Stretch | Fitness Tips in Kirkland

How many times have you realized your really needed to implement a stretching program, but haven’t ~ for so many reasons?? With busy days and a full schedule, it can seem like a tough call to fit in ONE more thing. However, if you can set aside 15 – 20 minutes, preferably at the end of the day, for a basic stretching program, untold rewards are most certainly yours! Quite simply, stretching is one of the most important tools you can add to your life for overall health.

Many people skip stretching because they feel they don’t have the time, or are too stiff.

I’ve found what works best for me is to factor it in as I wind down for the day. The hour before bed when I’m brushing my teeth, and getting a few things ready for the following day, is when I do my stretches. Not only does it seem to help me feel better, but I wake up ready to go, rather than stiff and achy.

It can help to change things up by having a Yoga or Pilates class several times a week, where stretches (particularly with Yin Yoga) might be held for several minutes. Below are important reasons to include a daily flexibility program in your life:

  • Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily.
  • Some joints loose up to 50% of flexibility as we age! Stretching will improve your joint range of motion.
  • Less back pain and joint pain.
  • Better circulation.
  • Better athletic performance.
  • Improved muscle health.



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