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Today’s workout: Stretching is beneficial for everyone

Today’s workout: Stretching is beneficial for everyone
04 May
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Stretching. Everyone can do it. And everyone needs it.

Just imagine how tight and cranky we’d be without it.

Just as there are many levels of ability when exercising, the same goes for stretches. If you’ve done any style of yoga, or anything similar, you know this all too well.

Stretching relieves tight muscles when you first wake up in the morning, gives your body a release before and after fitness, and is also beneficial after sitting/standing for long periods of time.

Our move today is a Warrior 1, a wonderful stretching pose for anyone. All you need is a flat surface for this stretch. This move is pretty much a total body stretch but the focus is on the hip flexors and opening the chest.

Begin the move by splitting your stance, somewhat wide, with one foot forward, and the other toward the back. Rotate the hips forward to engage the stretch in the hips.

Now, extend your arms up above your head, like you are reaching to the sky. Holding the chest tall, and keeping the neck neutral, proceed to reach the arms slightly back, creating more of a chest opening stretch.

Continue to breathe while holding this stretch and aim for at least 10 seconds or longer.

Release and switch legs. And repeat on your other side. You can continue numerous times side to side if needed.

This move is great after any cardiovascular workout. You will get the benefits of the stretch to release tension in your muscles, but you will also feel a cleanse inside after a few deep breaths while holding this pose.

There are variations to the Warrior pose but this is a good starting point.

— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.

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