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|8 Oct|5 mins

Stretches You Should Really Be Doing On The Daily

Let’s loosen up.
Elle Glass
8 Oct
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There are those things in life you know you should do, but you can’t always be bothered. Like flossing or stretching on the regular. Sure, you can put that dentist off for a good 6 months (at least), but there are some serious brownie points for your body in stretching.

Stretching isn’t just for those with a solid commitment to working out. Despite what management says, sitting at a desk all day, every day will see your shoulders slouch, your hips, chest and lower back tighten up. Long term tightness can bring on fatigue so it’s up there on your list of things to avoid. Dedicate a time to stretch on the daily, whether you’ve hit the gym or not.

Stretch classes are trending in a big way, with many gyms offering hour-plus classes to get your stretch on. Stretch evangelists love the hands-on assistance from a phys ed professional - and have hailed their stretch-seshes as better than a massage (we’re yet to trial this) as they hold deeper stretches for longer.

If you want to save your bank account the burden of a stretch session,

Lean Bean Fitness’s founder Lizzie Bland has been kind enough to give us some DIY tips.  A female-focused fitness expert and trainer, Bland is also former professional dancer, so knows the importance of getting your stretch on.

“Tight hips are so common,” says Bland, “Especially if you sit down at work. They can tilt your pelvis forward which weakens our beloved butt muscles and gives you lower back ache.”

Her winning hip stretch?

“Get down on one knee as though you were about to propose (seriously), place your hands on your hips, tuck your bum under and lean forward very slightly.”

Take care, though, not to overshoot your front knee as you’ll miss the depth of the stretch.  

“Women are also prone to upper back pain and stiffness in the neck. Another huge cause of this is sitting and slumping your chest and shoulders forward.” Sound familiar? “We also have boobs which makes things even worse for our posture.”

There are easy stretches you can do on the daily to counteract your nine-’til-five posture and open up that chest of yours.

“Place both hands either side of a door frame and walk forward slightly,” says Bland. “Or, place your hands on the edge of a tabletop, hinge from your hips and drop your chest forward.

“If you have more time one evening you can also lie down on the floor with a rolled up towel between your shoulder blades for 10 to 15 minutes.”

But it’s not all work.

“Meditate while you’re there if you fancy.”

The perfect excuse to get your zen on.

Advice
|8 Oct|5 mins

Stretches You Should Really Be Doing On The Daily

Let’s loosen up.
Elle Glass
8 Oct
Share:

There are those things in life you know you should do, but you can’t always be bothered. Like flossing or stretching on the regular. Sure, you can put that dentist off for a good 6 months (at least), but there are some serious brownie points for your body in stretching.

Stretching isn’t just for those with a solid commitment to working out. Despite what management says, sitting at a desk all day, every day will see your shoulders slouch, your hips, chest and lower back tighten up. Long term tightness can bring on fatigue so it’s up there on your list of things to avoid. Dedicate a time to stretch on the daily, whether you’ve hit the gym or not.

Stretch classes are trending in a big way, with many gyms offering hour-plus classes to get your stretch on. Stretch evangelists love the hands-on assistance from a phys ed professional - and have hailed their stretch-seshes as better than a massage (we’re yet to trial this) as they hold deeper stretches for longer.

If you want to save your bank account the burden of a stretch session,

Lean Bean Fitness’s founder Lizzie Bland has been kind enough to give us some DIY tips.  A female-focused fitness expert and trainer, Bland is also former professional dancer, so knows the importance of getting your stretch on.

“Tight hips are so common,” says Bland, “Especially if you sit down at work. They can tilt your pelvis forward which weakens our beloved butt muscles and gives you lower back ache.”

Her winning hip stretch?

“Get down on one knee as though you were about to propose (seriously), place your hands on your hips, tuck your bum under and lean forward very slightly.”

Take care, though, not to overshoot your front knee as you’ll miss the depth of the stretch.  

“Women are also prone to upper back pain and stiffness in the neck. Another huge cause of this is sitting and slumping your chest and shoulders forward.” Sound familiar? “We also have boobs which makes things even worse for our posture.”

There are easy stretches you can do on the daily to counteract your nine-’til-five posture and open up that chest of yours.

“Place both hands either side of a door frame and walk forward slightly,” says Bland. “Or, place your hands on the edge of a tabletop, hinge from your hips and drop your chest forward.

“If you have more time one evening you can also lie down on the floor with a rolled up towel between your shoulder blades for 10 to 15 minutes.”

But it’s not all work.

“Meditate while you’re there if you fancy.”

The perfect excuse to get your zen on.

Elle Glass
Writer
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