HOW TO BUILD A SMART STRETCHING HABIT
Do you know how to build a SMART stretching habit. Stretching is essential to muscle health, strength and flexibility, which in turn is essential to posture and mobility. Whether you are young or aging, mobile or immobile, stretching your muscles improves your body’s range of motion.
Improved range of motion brings improved posture. Tight muscles result in poor posture and easy injury, which can result in pain. Supple muscles help keep you safe from injury, by keeping important muscle groups strong and moving.
Also, stretching improves physiological fitness. There is a lot of information on the World Wide Web, as to why and how moving your body leads to improved mood. Stretching activity releases endorphins, which will reduce pain and enhance mood.
A PERSONAL STORY
My mom (whom I miss daily by the way) was a large lady. When she was younger, this did not stop her from doing anything she chose in life. She raised six children and then returned to the workforce, becoming a manager at a rather large retail store. She was on the go, BUSY AND CAPABLE!! Her daily life included being on her feet, most of the day.
She retired when my Dad did, thank goodness, because they only had four years of retirement together before he passed way. This is when her active life stopped. It stopped abruptly and this affected her mobility greatly. Stretching is essential to daily life and we tried to give her suggestions, to help her keep moving. We all know these decisions are personal, and she was not interested. Her lack of muscle endurance, strength and flexibility, led to immobility. I have to admit, I have always used this memory as impetus to keep myself moving.
BUILD A STRETCHING PRACTICE OR HABIT
If you are not interesting is building a stretching habit daily, make stretching a habit throughout the day. Stretching is about maintaining range of motion. As I am doing things in my day, even while writing this blog, I stretch. I stretch my neck by turning it slowly in each direction. Bending over while in a chair and reaching forward to touch my toes, is something else I do throughout the day. I stretch my body while I am going through my daily routine. Doing so allows me to be certain that I will be able to move my body tomorrow and all the tomorrows after that. My personal habit also includes a SMART stretching routine about 3 times a week.
Information is available all around you about safe, simple and effective stretching. You can visit Part 1 – Head-to-toe Stretch and learn safe and easy stretching. The series continues by adding in all of your large muscle groups, one at a time, in individual posts. Also, Movement On Video, includes a complete head-to-toe stretch. Today, I wanted to addressed the importance of stretching on overall wellness. I always suggest when you are building a new habit, that setting SMART goals will help. You can read about SMART goals here.
The building blocks on how to build a SMART stretching habit and why that is a good thing to do, are all here. You now know why stretching is essential and can move on to beginning a stretching practice. Speak to your Primary Care Provider before you begin adding stretching into your day. I DO NOT KNOW your individual circumstances and I encourage you to speak to the professional who does!!
Then, search the web, read a book, watch a video and/or address specific issues with a physiotherapist. The options are endless. Do not be afraid to ask for, seek out and research for help!
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