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Friday, October 5, 2012

Fabulous Friday Fitness Challenge

My work day is certainly not typical. My hours are all over the place, in any given day I can run with my run/walk team, drive around town putting up fliers, meet a friend for coffee and to talk about Juice Plus, then sit in front of the computer for 3 hours, then after school pick up teach a core class to teachers. No too days are alike.

Whether your day is as unpredictable as mine, or you sit in an office for most of it, we both could benefit from throwing in a few stretches. Taking a few minutes to slow down, lengthen our tight muscles and just breath can really make a difference. Not only in our physical well being but also in our emotional well being.

Your Fabulous Friday Fitness Challenge is to take at least 5 minutes to stretch. Warm muscles stretch well, while cold ones tend to tear instead of lengthen. So hop up, take a bathroom break or walk briskly to another department, grab a load of laundry and hustle up the stairs. Sit down on a chair, now you're ready.

  • Take your right ear to your right shoulder. Hold and breath. Reverse.
  • Drop your chin to your chest. Hold and breath.
  • Pull your right arm across your chest, hold with the other hand. Hold and breath. Reverse.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/WL00030
  • Extend your right leg straight in front of you, toes up, lean forward at your hips. Hold and breath. Reverse.
  • Place your right ankle on your left knee. Sitting up tall, lean forward at your hips. Reverse.
  • Stand up. Hold your right leg behind you, foot toward your tooshy. Hold and breath. Reverse.

If you have a few more favorites, toss them in there too. Visual learner? Check out this great slide show!



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