No matter our age, stretching has benefits. If you're just now developing a regular stretching routine, remember to take it slow. Just like other forms of physical activity, your body needs time to get used to the stretches you're performing.
One thing that will make you realize how simple it is to work stretching into your daily routine, all you need is about 20 minutes each day. And, you can work in your stretch time whenever it works best into your daily schedule.
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Setting a daily stretching routine can have some significant benefits to your body, including alleviating pain and relieving stress. Just 20 minutes a day is all you need to start a healthy stretching routine and, best of all, you can stretch from almost anywhere.
Here are some simple tips to help you develop a routine that works best for you:
1. Warm-Up for a Safe Start
Even if you're already in a daily stretching routine, you may be leaving out a warm-up that can add additional flexibility benefits and help prevent injuries. Some simple movements like walking, arm circles, etc., can help warm up your muscles which prevents injuries and helps the stretches to do their job.
2. Easy Stretches to Move Through the Body
There are different stretches that you can do to work through the body for a beneficial session.
The one thing to remember is that you never have to do everything you see. Do the ones that you enjoy and that you feel comfortable doing.
As you become more familiar with the different stretches, you can put together your routine by including stretches that help regain flexibility, stretch key pain-causing muscles, and which help strengthen those muscles.
3. Targeting Your Body's Aches and Pains
As we age, we are prone to multiple types of pains. Arthritis, back and neck, and hip and knee pains are the most common.
Let's look at ways to target these pains to get the most joy out of every day.
Tackling Arthritis Pain
Sometimes it's hard to get up in the morning due to arthritis pain. While you're still in bed, you can reduce arthritic pain by doing some easy stretching. The more you stretch, the easier it will become to move around.
Relieving Neck and Back Pain
Stretching your neck muscles not only helps your flexibility but also helps alleviate pain. While you're mitigating your back pain through stretching, you will also be working to improve your posture. Good posture has a direct correlation with back pain.
Controlling Hip and Knee Pain
We all must keep our joints moving as much as possible. Stretching is a simple way to work through the pain that you may be experiencing in your hips and knees.
4. Add Music for a Relaxing Stretch
Certain types of music can have a relaxing effect and improve your daily stretch. Once you have a stretching routine down, you may enjoy it even more by adding music. Not only does music calm us, but music also gives us the motivation to move.
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