5 for 5
5 minutes - 5 stretches to start your day to keep the physio away!
We all know stretching is good for us and that we should do it right?
Tenielle has made a quick gentle stretch routine to start the morning the day, anything is better than nothing at all.
1. Arm Opener
Stretches your arms, shoulders, and chest.
How to do it: Stand with your feet comfortably apart and interlace your hands behind your back. Let your hands fall down near your tailbone with the knuckles pointing down.
Look straight ahead and maintain soft arms. Then gradually lift your arms as far away from your tailbone as you can.
2. Chin Drop
This stretch helps with neck pain and stretches your neck and shoulders.
How to do it: Put your arms in front of you with your elbows touching and your palms touching. Make sure your palms are facing toward your face. Then put your palms on the top of your head, and gently drop your chin. You should feel this stretch in your neck and shoulders.
3. Hula Hoop
This stretch increases mobility in the hips.
How to do it: Stand with your feet together and place your hands on your hips. Then—just as if you’re hula-hooping—circle your hips five times clockwise, then five times counterclockwise. Try to resist moving your shoulders and keep your stomach pulled in.
4. Spinal Twist
This stretch helps with digestion and spinal mobility
How to do it: Hook your left arm around your bent right knee. Take a deep breath and exhale as you twist further to the right. With each exhale, twist your body further. Gently release from the pose and then repeat on the other side
5. Quad Pull
This stretches your thighs and improves mobility.
How to do it: Stand with your feet together. Put your arms at your sides. Use a wall or table for support and put your right hand on it. Balance on your right leg. Bring your left leg back until you can grab it with your left hand. Make sure you maintain a straight line from your head to your tailbone with your chest lifted.
Stretching should not produce any pain; stop if you experience any pain with a stretch. Stretching can improve flexibility and mobility and reduce the likelihood of injury.
If you have any questions about beginning a stretching routine, talk with your doctor.