Time to Stretch

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  1. Benjamin

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    Before it's too late...


      • Downward Dog (opens the chest, back, arms, shoulders, legs, back)
        Just like in yoga class, place palms at least shoulder-width apart, and walk your bare feet to the back of your mat or at least three feet backwards. Try to get your heels to touch the mat (feet are hip-width apart), and send energy along your body back into your legs and breathe deeply. You can pedal one leg at a time if you're super-tight through the hamstrings at the back of your legs, and lengthen your whole body for a minute or two.

        2. Seated Forward Reach (stretches back, legs, postural muscles along the spine, and arms)
        Sit on the floor with legs straight out in front of you, and flex your feet upward. Reach up as high as you can with both arms to lengthen your spine, then gently fall forward reaching your hands toward both feet, and hold for a minute. Bend your knees slightly if your back is really tight, and grab onto your calves or ankles, or whatever feels right, and hold for a minute or two.

        3. Open-Leg Split (targets thighs, lower legs, hips, groin)
        Sit tall and open your straight legs as wide as you comfortably can. Flex feet up and press your groin into the mat or floor. Gently start walking your hands forward in between your legs, and hold for one minute. If this feels fine, stretch sideways over your right foot for one minute, then switch over to your left foot for one minute.

        4. Knees-to-Chest (soothes lower back, hips, lower body)
        Lie back and bring both knees up toward your chest, lengthening your tailbone on the floor. Wrap your arms around your bent legs and rock back and forth for a minute or two – this should feel great if you've been sitting all day.

        5. Reverse Prayer at Your Desk (soothes hands, fingers, forearms, shoulders, upper back)

        Sit at the edge of an office chair and try to bring your palms to touch at your lower back. Roll your shoulder blades back, and bring chin down toward the chest. Try to keep your fingers pointing up to your shoulder blades. Slowly inch your touching palms up higher on your back as far as they can go and hold for as long as you can.

    http://www.thatsfit.com/2009/10/29/stetching-exercises-for-sore-muscles/

     
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    Well, I suppose it doesn’t matter what the other people in line think.
     

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