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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Move of the Day – Single Arm Bent Over Row

One of the most tried and true back moves out there today – the single arm bent over row, also know as the lawn mower row. This can be done using a bench too, where you rest your knee on the bench opposite of the arm you are working and with a flat back, row up. Don’t use momentum. I like this move to because you isolate your lats and rear delts and can really focus are target the muscles. When you row up squeeze for 1 count at the top and release back down. Try this as a drop set, so you as decrease reps, increase weight.
15x, 12x, 8x – that means – do 15 times (reps) on each arm then 12 reps each arm then 8 reps on each arm. You don’t need to break between sets and your break only needs to be as long as it takes you to switch weights.

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Be your own #1 fan

Happy Monday! Start the week off right, exercise, eat well and drink lots of water! But most of all remember to be your own #1 fan! Learn to push yourself! 👊

I’ll bet many times (probably more than you’d like to admit) you put yourself down or discredit yourself, question your worth, beat yourself up..and let me tell you – that will get you no where!
So here’s your little reminder – Don’t be afraid to be proud of yourself and your accomplishments whether they are personal, at work, at the gym – whatever!
You have to be able to tell yourself “good job” “stick with it” “don’t give up” you can be your own cheerleader!
Self motivation is something you need to reach your goals no matter what they are.
So when are doing great at work, take time reflect and pat yourself on the back OR when you make it to the gym like you planned that week – tell yourself “good job, let’s try to make it two weeks straight!”

That little saying “your catch more flies with honey than vinegar” it works not just for others but for yourself too! Be nice to yourself! Don’t put yourself down and expect to have a positive self image.

Little tip: take pictures and measurements to remind yourself where you started and acknowledge your accomplishments!

Just a little reminder to love yourself – so look in the mirror and tell you yourself you’re great!

Here’s a little food for thought!

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