If you wish to stay healthy and free of physical as well as mental diseases, stretching tends to be a fundamental practice.
Stretching isn’t only for athletes or players, elevating proper blood, oxygen circulation, and having loose muscles can transform your energy better in all of your daily activities.
However, keeping up a regular stretching routine can be both challenging and boring, leaving many to either fall into a lackluster routine or give up altogether. The good news is that there are a number of exercises you can do to get all the benefits of stretching without the bore. The following are some fun and interesting alternatives you can do to stay flexible and have a little fun along the way.
Relaxation: Join Classes or Embrace Your House’s Wellness Architecture
Taking classes like yoga and Pilates are great full-body workouts that incorporate a variety of fun and challenging stretches. Through a number of positions and maneuvers, you will work muscles, you never thought, you had all while promoting greater flexibility and healthier living. Plus, working out in a group will keep you motivated to stay on schedule and see results. If you don’t have time to go to a class, set-up a relaxation corner in your house, buy a DVD and do it from the comfort of your own home. There are a number of DVDs available that incorporate heavy stretching routines, so maintaining variety is as easy as switching discs.
Making Use of Props
Towels, bands, and exercise balls are all great tools to help improve your flexibility and give you new ideas on stretches you never thought possible. Oftentimes people resort to the same stretches over and over because they are limited to their own bodies, but with props, you can incorporate new positions and hit muscles you never stretched before. Use your imagination when stretching and find items around your house or office that can give you that extra boost in flexible creativity.
Call a Friend
Sometimes all you need to get motivated is to have a friend along. You can work together to perform stretches you otherwise couldn’t do alone, and having someone relying on you to get the moves done, will keep you from putting it off until tomorrow…again. Plus, talking about your day with a friend will make even the most mundane tasks go by faster, and stretching is no exception.
Gamifying the Process
Having fun always seems to make the time fly by, and what better way to have fun than to play games? If you find yourself losing interest doing the same stretches day after day, make a game out of it and turn the mundane into motivational. Measure your flexibility and try to beat it the next day or perform dynamic stretches that keep you moving while improving flexibility. Stretching games are also great if you have kids, and they can help inspire the next generation of active stretchers in your family.
Stretch in the Shower
Stepping out of a comfortable bed on a cold winter morning just might be the biggest feat we do all day! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but they did invent the snooze button for a reason. However, nothing gets you up faster than the thought of that warm shower awaiting you. Take this relaxing moment of your day to do a few shower stretches. The warm water will loosen your muscles, and the act of stretching will help wake you up enough to consider stepping out of the shower…eventually.
No matter what you do, repeating the same task over and over can make even the most exciting parts of your day lose their appeal. In order to maintain a healthy stretching routine, don’t hesitate to mix things up. Staying flexible is something you have to work on constantly, so make it more enjoyable by trying new ways to make it fun. Whenever you find yourself with a break from work, or sitting on your couch, use your imagination and think up a few fun stretches you can do. The benefits you will receive from your newly found flexibility will be worth the small amount of time you have to put into stretching each day.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is a Co-owner and practicing chiropractor at Windmill Health Center in Weston, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.