The Best Ways to Incorporate Stretching into your Daily Routine
Most everyone agrees that stretching is an integral part of being healthy, mobile, and feeling better whether you’re chasing after kids all day, sitting at a desk, or working out. But stretching requires time, something we don’t always have enough of.
There are, however, several tips that can help you incorporate stretching into your daily routine, no matter how busy you are.
Consider The Quietest Time of Day
Since we are all busy in one way or another, it is helpful to first consider what the quietest time of day is for you. If you have kids who go to school, the mornings are probably hectic and bustling. But perhaps you have a fifteen-minute span of time in the afternoon or evening that is usually unoccupied. Or, maybe you have a block of time during the workday that is reserved for a break from your office. Find a quiet time of day that would give you about ten to fifteen minutes for stretching.
When Do You Need to Stretch?
You’ll also want to take into account when you need or want to stretch during the day depending on your physical needs. If you’re wanting to start stretching regularly to sleep better, logically you’ll want to find time closer to bedtime to fit in a few stretches. Likewise, if you find you’re becoming sore during the day and you want to stretch before work, you’ll need to find time in the morning or before you begin your day’s activities to stretch.
Create a Plan and Stick to It
Choose the best time of day in which to stretch and dedicate ten to fifteen minutes to stretching. You only need a few stretches each day to start seeing improvements over time; so if you just have a few minutes, that is sufficient. Or, you can dedicate as much time as you’d like to stretching. The primary thing to remember is seriously considering when you can fit stretching into your day, and then resolving to remain consistent in performing your stretches.
Stretching has numerous health benefits, on which most of us can agree—improved mobility, sleep, focus, and energy. Time is the only thing required to incorporate stretching into your day; if you can find just ten to fifteen minutes of your day to dedicate to stretching and if you resolve to remain consistent, your body will surely thank you.