Even if you can't always make time for that coveted 30-minutes a day of exercise, a little stretching everyday can do wonders for your health.
Here are 3 of the best easy stretches that can be done anywhere in under 5 minutes.
As with any new exercise regime, make smart choices about what's best for your body and consult your doctor if needed.
Any stretching you do should be just to the point of discomfort, but not pain. If you feel pain during a stretch, ease back until you're in a more comfortable spot.
Best Easy Stretches
Tight hamstrings aren't just about your legs. If they’re too tight, your lower back pays the price. Pair that with the sitting-all-the-time world we live in, and you're bound to have low back pain. This simple standing hamstring stretch can make a big difference.
- Start standing up straight with legs hips distance apart
- Step forward with your right heel on the ground, toes up
- Keeping your back straight, lean forward over your leg (don't lock your knee!)
- Support upper body with your hands on your thighs
- Hold for 10-20 seconds then repeat on other side.
Stretch Your Chest
Working at a computer all day wreaks havoc on your chest. Tight pec muscles can roll your shoulders forward, and rolled shoulders will make your back feel like it’s carrying a load of bricks all day. Treat your chest right with this stretch:
- Stand up straight, with knees slightly bent.
- Place your feet hip distance apart. Make sure toes are pointing forward. Keep shoulders even as you complete this stretch.
- Place arms behind your back. Clasp your hands together, extending your arms behind your back and hold this position.
- Feel the stretch in your chest. Inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth, as you complete this stretch.
- Hold stretch for 10-20 seconds.
Torso twists are invaluable because they get your stationary spine moving. Give this twist a try from your desk:
- Inhale. As you exhale, turn to the right and grab the back of your chair with your right hand, and grab the arm of the chair with your left.
- Now use your grasp on the chair to help twist your torso around as far to the back of the room as possible.
- Hold the twist and let your eyes continue the stretch -- see how far around the room you can peer.
- Slowly come back to facing forward, and repeat on the other side.