You’d be surprised at how little time and effort it takes to make a huge difference in your flexibility. It doesn’t require hours and hours of stretching each muscle individually. Just a few minutes per day can be the difference between feeling old and crunchy, or young and flexible.
Once you get north of 30something you start to appreciate the value of staying mobile and unloading your joints.
I’ve been making it a habit of stretching for about 5 to 10 minutes when I wake up and it makes a huge difference in how I feel.
Before I get into any stretching I take a few minutes to set my intentions for the day.
This means reviewing my goals for the day and sitting quietly for a few minutes to stay centered and to set my intentions. Nothing too outlandish or frou frou. It’s just a few minutes to mentally rehearse, set up my goals, and start going about my day deliberately.
Then I stretch. Usually while the kettle is on the stove and then while coffee is steeping in the French Press. Hey, when you wake up at O Dark Thirty like I do, you have to use every minute effectively. Or wake up at Really O Dark Thirty, which I don’t want to do.
This is what my yoga routine typically looks like.
Or, you can also opt for another series which we do in class a fair bit. Dax Moy’s Mobility Matrix 2.
So get stretching and I’ll see you in class!