At-Home Stretches to Do Everyday

There is no question about it: This pandemic is putting an incredible strain on all of our bodies and minds. The burdens it has placed on all of us has made it even more important that we all do whatever we can to take care of ourselves. There are many ways to do that.

One great way to take care of ourselves is to practice some every day stretches. At-home stretches have many benefits, including lowering your risk of injury, maintaining flexibility, and ensuring that you get some exercise. This is one of the many reasons so many in chiropractic practice recommend every day stretches.

Here are 4 at-home stretches that we recommend you do daily.

1. The Runner’s Stretch

How to do it

  • Step forward with one foot and lower into a lunge then place your fingertips onto the floor or as far as you comfortably can.
  • Take a deep breath. As you exhale, straighten the bent leg.

Benefits

  • It provides a multilayered approach to stretching, as it allows you to simultaneously stretch your legs, hamstrings, quads, and waist.

2. The Standing Side Stretch

How to do it

  • Hold your feet together. Stretch your arms above your head, as high as they can go, and clasp your fingers together.
  • Take a deep breath in. As you breathe out, bend your body in one direction. Take five breaths and return to the center. Repeat with the other side.

Benefits

  • It allows you to stretch your arms and chest while also practicing your ability to balance as you move using your core.

3. Child’s Pose

How to do it

  • Get on the ground with your knees touching the floor. Sit on the backs of your legs, with your butt resting on your heels.
  • Stretch your upper body forward, placing your hands as far in front of you as possible.

Benefits

  • This pose is deeply relaxing, comforting and a great way to end any workout routine.

4. Cat-Cow

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How to do it

  • Using an exercise mat, get on your hands and knees.
  • Round your back so that it is arched and look to the floor, making sure to press your arms upwards.
  • Lift your head and shift your core muscles downward so that your back is now reversing the arch.

Benefits

  • This is a low-intensity stretch and a great way to gain some flexibility in your core and relieve stress in your spine.

If you are experiencing a specific type of pain or targeted area, our chiropractors are here for you. Book a virtual appointment and we will assess the pain and provide a custom approach for relief. We are offering telehealth appointments to help you stay healthy and avoid sudden or ongoing pains and aches. Call us to book an appointment!