Desk jockeys and athletes alike could benefit from having a good stretch once or twice a day. Stretching can help prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture (and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, improve performance, and help you to feel less stressed. Plus it just feels good.
As the mother of a super active kid and aspiring athlete here’s what I have my “Bradenton Baller” do daily. (Let me know how it works out for you):
Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body. So your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other side.
Forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you stretch your arms up to the sky and then bend forward as far as you can.
Spinal Twist- still sitting with your legs in front of you, bend one knee to your chest then twist your body and hug your bent leg.
Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest.
Hold your arm in front of your body and stretch it across your chest
Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls
Ah, there you go…I bet you are feeling better already!