5 Stretches to do every day

Stretching is CRUCIAL to keep your body moving and active. Let’s be honest you don’t to move or exercise if you are achy and stiff. Here are my top 5 stretches to do EVERY DAY. While it important to incorporate different stretches, if I had to narrow it down – these 5 would be the winners!

  1. Towel Stretch – Focus: Hamstrings 
    • Using a towel make a U shape and place your foot in the middle of towel. Lay on your back bring leg up and pull on either side of towel pulling toes towards your face.
      • Hold this for about 10 seconds, release for 10, then 20, release for 10, then 30 and release for 10. Repeat on other leg.
      • Bonus stretch – You can also you go to a glute figure 4 stretch here too!
  2. Frog stretch – Focus: Hips
    • Start on all fours then widen your legs so the floor is pressing them open. Sink back into your hips and fold head toward arms.
      • Hold this for 30 seconds, release for 10, then 45 seconds, release for 10, then 60 seconds and release for 10.
  3. Glute Bridges
    • Lay on your back and keep feet close to glutes. Drive hips up high squeezing your glutes the whole way especially at the top to of the move. 
      • Do 8-10 reps and then hold for 5 seconds – repeat 3x 
  4. Super[Wo]mans
    • Lay on you stomach extend arms over head, with thumbs up lift legs and upper body off floor. Squeeze back, glute and hamstrings to lift limbs as high as you can. Hold for a second then back down. 
      • To get a little add a lat pulldown at the top of the stretch
  5. Hip Flexor Stretch
    • Keeping a 90 degree ankle push the leg on the ground forward by tucking the hips forward. Don’t lean forward creating a larger than 90 degree angle that can put pressure on low back. What you may do during yoga a yoga flow is different this stretch. Take 3 full breaths in through nose and out your mouth trying to empty lungs completely! 

Why stretch?? Stretching helps with so many things and mainly flexibility. Stretching allows you maintain full range of motion. You to keep your muscles long and loose and ready to react for any load you put on your body. Stretching can also improve posture, pain, soreness and improve performance. 

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Get up, get out and get active!

Since it’s spring break across the country for many kids – thought this was a perfect time to encourage everyone to take advantage of this free time and get active with your kids!

It is obvious that obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing an obese child, especially because It is 100% preventable.

Please teach your kids, nieces, nephews, grand kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle. There are so many risks that come with obesity and a sedentary life. Below is an clip of an article I found and based on a study, kids in the ’70s were fitter and healthier than kids today.

Study: The Cardiovascular Fitness of Kids Worldwide Has Declined Since the 1970s

Many kids today can’t run as far as their parents could when they were children, according to a study presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas. Researchers looked at 50 studies between 1964 and 2010, which covered more than 25 million children ages 9 to 17 in 28 countries. Each of the studies was about running fitness, because, although there are many different kinds of ways to be fit, “the most important type of fitness for good health is cardiovascular fitness, which is the ability to exercise vigorously for a long time, like running multiple laps around an oval track,” states Grant Tomkinson, lead study author and senior lecturer in the University of South Australia’s School of Health Science, in a press release. In analyzing these studies, researchers found that the cardiovascular fitness of kids around the world has lessened since about 1975. Specifically, the cardiovascular endurance of children in the United States dropped about 6 percent per decade, between 1970 and 2000. And today’s kids are about a minute and a half slower in a mile run than kids were 30 years ago, according to the press release.

Kids need to get moving, Tomkinson says in the release, for their current and future health. “If a young person is generally unfit now, then they are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease later in life.”

Help your family and yourself from becoming apart of this statistic!

-Go on a walk
-Go to the park
-Go to the zoo
-Play any sport
-Ride bikes
-Play catch

Get up, get out and get active…

Kids Running

Here is a link to the article: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2013/11/20/kids-today-are-less-fit-than-their-parents-were