The holidays are here and our usual schedule is often thrown out the window. Chances are you might not make it to yoga (or spin or on that run or pilates) as often as you would like for the next few weeks. But you do have time for this simple stretch! It’s great to counter all the forward action of sitting and typing we do every day.
Remember the days we use to sit hunched over our books studying and reading? With the incredible development of the smart phone, tablet and laptop computer, we are now spending hours on end texting, researching and reading. While we may be getting a lot accomplished it can come with a tremendous toll on our bodies.
Popular wisdom says stretching doesn’t build muscle, burn fat, or shave time off a 5K. As a result, many of us shortchange or skip the practice altogether in our workouts. But according to many fitness experts, popular wisdom is wrong —and we’re missing out on its benefits. Stretching has been shown to help prevent injury, heal old hurts, improve range of motion, reduce muscle tightness and imbalance, and improve athletic performance. In fact, it’s so important to overall fitness that it’s not something to approach haphazardly.
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