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Created on Thursday, 27 October 2011

Well? You read the title. It's in all caps not because it's a request but a command. If you have time to read this you can take a few seconds to do it. Not minutes, just seconds. You don't even have to get off your seat. Try it.

Lace your fingers together, extend your arms out straight in front of you and rotate your shoulders and wrists inward so your palms are facing forward(away from you.) Now press your palms forward letting your shoulder blades separate as your shoulders move forward. Take in a deep breath and as you exhale relax out of the stretch. Felt good huh? Plus it didn't take up much of your day did it?

Stretching has been getting a bad rap lately due to studies on athletes using variables that to me didn't make a whole lot of sense. I've yet to meet a golf fanatic that would spend an entire 20 minutes stretching before teeing up. And unless you are training for sprinting or some sport that has you jumping or changing directions on a dime many of these studies may have very little to do with you and your goals.

If you've got a pet or pets watch them when they get up. Animals have stretching down to a science and they didn't study it in a lab. They hold it for a few seconds not a ridiculously long session then get moving(or go back to sleep.) And yes, even without a thorough warmup. Take a cue from them.

stretching wolf                     stretching tiger


Stretching, when done right has great benefits, is safe, doesn't require any equipment, and doesn't require a great deal of expertise or time. So why aren't you doing it more often?

Photo Credits: wolf: Milestoned/CC BY 2.0 tiger: Elliot Moore/CC BY-SA 2.0

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