If you are like most adults, you spend a lot of time in a chair sitting during your work day. Many others might have a job that requires more movement or physical type work. Regardless of what you do, you might be part of the 80% of adults who are not getting the proper amount of exercise per week…stretching being a big part of that.
There are many reasons adults do not stretch on a regular basis, it is boring, the results are slow, or maybe you are just not sure what stretches you should be doing are some of reasons we hear from many. Seeing results might seem slow, but feeling the results can be immediate.
Stretching relieves tension in the body, improves posture and more importantly increases blood flow. The more efficient your blood flow, the healthier you will feel, look and your body will run like a “well oiled machine.” Imagine how your car would run if the oil and/or gas wasn’t moving through the engine efficiently? What would eventually happen, it would break down. Your body is no different.
So how do you get started stretching? The number one easiest way…just start stretching! Yes, there are better ways to stretch, certain muscles that you should stretch first and the list goes on. Make it complicated and you will give up before you start like most people.
Just start! Use the internet, look up beginning stretching and just start. As you get more consistent, you will learn more and be able to increase your movements and your technique, but for now just get started!
So many people never get started because they make things too complicated and their minds “What if” too much. JUST GET STARTED or as Nike said in their ads “Just do it!”
Once you get into a routine, track your progress. You progress doesn’t have to be how much farther you can stretch, but just how consistent you are being or how you feel when you stretch.
Starting is always the hardest part and reminding yourself how much better you will feel when you are done!
If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama