With colder months upon us, it is important to
keep up with a solid stretching routine!
Those of us who work out regularly know
firsthand how crucial it is to stretch, especially when it is cold outside.
This ensures that your muscles are properly warmed up and activated before you
begin any activity.
However, regardless of fitness routine,
stretching is important for everyone. In the colder months, our bodies get
stiffer. Stretching is one way to stay limber, even when the weather is
inclement or icy.
Over the summer, we went over the importance of stretching, but now we wanted to
provide you with some ways to stretch it out in the winter!
With flexibility being one of the most
important parts of health and fitness, it is beneficial for you to implement a daily 5-minute stretching session into your
routine. Sure, the holidays can be hectic, but we should all be able to steal
five minutes to ourselves.
- Runner’s stretch - This
stretch is great for the lower body, specifically the hamstrings and lower
- Forward fold - The ultimate
full body stretch. It helps with legs, hamstrings, the chest, and
shoulders. This stretch is ideal for those who spend long hours sitting at
- Seated back twist - This
spinal twist exercise is great for a much needed release. It can help with
lower back pain and even increase mobility. This stretch should be avoided
if you have any disk or spinal problems.
- Bound angle - This is a hip
opening stretch that helps decrease tension in the hips and muscles in the
interior of your thighs.
- Chest stretch in door - If
you have poor posture, you have likely felt tightness in your chest and
shoulders. Doing daily chest-opening stretches can help prevent this
tightness and help with better posture and breathing.
Stretching is easy because you rarely ever
stretching in the winter
Senior Consultant at the Orthopaedics Bone and
Joint Surgery Hospital, Dr Raghu Nagaraj, explains that “Cold weather causes muscles to lose more
heat and contract, causing tightness throughout the body. Joints get tighter,
muscles can lose their range of motion and nerves can more easily be pinched.”
Stretching can support your joints and
muscles, helping you:
- Improve posture
- Improve range of motion and
prevent the loss of range of motion
- Decrease back pain
- Prevent injury
- Decrease muscle soreness
National Stretching Day on December 11, 2022!
IonLoop encourages you to stretch everyday for
optimal health and wellness.
Celebrate with us on National Stretching Day (December 11)!