Do you groan when bending over to pick something up?  Find it hard to get back up again?  Regular stretching can help, read on for some handy hints and tips……

 

We all know that stretching is good for us, yet so few of us take the time out in our lives to do it.  Well now that spring is upon us, and many of us are dusting off the trainers and attempting to get fit for the summer months, what better time to look at the benefits of a regular stretching routine.  Read on for some handy hints and stretches, all of  which can easily be done in the office.

A good routine need only take around 10 to 15 minutes out of your day, but the benefits can be long lasting, here are just some of the benefits you can expect:

  • increased flexibility
  • better range of motion in the joints
  • Increased blood and oxygen circulation to the muscles
  • increased energy levels
  • relaxation and stress relief
  • enhanced muscular coordination
  • improved posture
  • greater sense of well-being

Keep in mind the following points and you’ll soon be on your way to improved flexibility:

√Breathe Easily                                                                                Χ Holding the Breath

√Relax                                                                                                 Χ Stretching whilst tense or stressed

√ Tune into your body                                                                  Χ Not being focused

√Focus on the muscles and joints being stretched          Χ Hurrying your routine

√No Bouncing                                                                                  Χ Bouncing

√No Pain!                                                                                           Χ Stretching to the point of pain

 

Here are some easy routines that you can incorporate into your day and even do at your desk: