Last month I wrote about the many benefits of a 30-60 minute daily walk. It has helped me lose that extra weight gained from taking steroids (yuck) and lately I’ve been incorporated some of my favorite yoga stretches about halfway through my walk. If you didn’t get a chance to read the post about the health benefits to walking you can read it here.
Stretching every day with some easy yoga poses will help you in so many ways! It can help improve flexibility, and, consequently, range of motion in your joints. Better flexibility may improve your performance in physical activities or decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion and enabling your muscles to work most effectively. (Source: Mayo Clinic).
According to stretching experts, Jacques Gauthier & Dorothee Lavoie, some of the benefits of stretching include:
- relief from pain
- increased energy levels
- increased flexibility
- better range of motion of the joints
- greater circulation of blood to various parts of the body
- relaxation and stress relief
- enhanced muscular coordination
- improved posture
- greater sense of well-being
Below are some of my favorite stretches. Be sure to take it easy at the beginning and think more about working into the stretch as opposed to whether you can touch your toes or if your feet go flat on the ground when you do Downward Facing Dog right from the beginning. Over time, you will find you can touch your toes fairly easily. And be sure to think about your breathe. Are you holding your breath? Part of why I love yoga so much is that it helps you to remember to breathe and deeply. You can see my dog likes it when I take a break during our walks! Images courtesy of Very Well.
Mountain Pose with Raised Arms
Standing Forward Bend – works on the hamstrings
Downward Facing Dog
Lunge to Stretch Your Hips and Hamstrings
You can check out more yoga poses on Very Well.
Do you take time out each day to get in some exercise?