These 3 stretches You Should Do Every day, Says Yoga Instructor
Stretching should be done every day whether you workout or not
Every time when you start your workout, you must have stretched your body. But here we say that stretching should not be a part of your workout only. It should be done every day as it keeps your muscles from shortening (hello, tight hamstrings from sitting at a desk all day), and helps with flexibility, mobility, and range of motion. Aside from making you strong and limber, stretching regularly will protect you from injury, too.
Thankfully, these stretches which are shared by a yoga instructor Tessa Jankins do not take tons of time. Moreover, it can be done in 5 minutes and at any point of day. Whether you prefer to wake up and stretch or shake off brain fog with some midday poses, the benefits of this routine will help both body and mind.
Here are the super easy five yoga stretches to do every day without sweating.
1. Downward Facing Dog
Start on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart, your wrists underneath your shoulders, and your knees underneath your hips.
Make a V-shape upside down by tucking your toes under your heels and lift your hips up. Imagine pressing the mat away from your body as you shift your weight into your legs.
Press your heels down toward the mat but not necessarily touching the mat if you don't have the flexibility. A slight bend in the knees will help with tight hamstrings and hips.
Keep your gaze between your ankles toward the back of the mat. Hold for five inhales and exhales.
2. Cat and cow
Take a tabletop position with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips.
Create a cow pose by inhaling as you lift your head and tailbone, belly melting toward the floor, as shown.
Now, it is a cat pose turn. Exhale as you round your back and draw your abs in toward your spine, tucking your chin to your chest to find a stretch between your shoulders.
Shift between cat and cow for three rounds of each pose, one breath per movement.
3. Seated Forward Pose
Sit straight with your legs stretched forward.
Reach high to the sky on the inhale, and then as you exhale, reach forward with a long spine, allowing the upper back to round once you can't reach any further. Stay for five rounds of breaths.
Do try these simple and super easy yoga poses for a healthy body.