Daily Stretches to Improve Your Health

Many injuries can be avoided by staying flexible and limber. Sure, stretching before and after working out or playing sports is very important — but doing stretches every day, even for just a few minutes in the mornings, is an underrated and highly effective way to improve flexibility and maintain spinal health.

Here I’ll go over some easy, essential stretches that will make you more limber and preserve your posture.

Shoulders Back
Stand with your legs shoulder length and interlock your fingers behind your back. Slowly lift your arms behind your back, maintaining the interlocked fingers. Raise them until you can’t any longer without lifting your shoulders and hold that pose for 10 seconds.

Spinal Extension
Lay face down on the floor/mat. Place your hands palms down on the floor next to your shoulders. Slowly press down on the ground to lift ONLY your upper body off the floor, arching the spine and lifting the head. Hold this pose for 10 seconds.

Runner’s Stretch
Sit on the ground with one leg stretched out and the other leg tucked underneath it. Lean forward and try to touch the toe of the outstretched leg. You’ll feel the stretch in your hamstrings and lower back. Hold this pose for 10 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. This stretch is great for the lower body and back.

None of these stretches require any equipment, so they’re easy to do whenever you have some down time!

Do them before and after work — especially if you have a sedentary office job. You can even do the stretches while at work whenever you get the chance. For more advice or to schedule a consultation to improve your posture and spinal health, give me a call or visit my website.