flexToday is the nineteenth day of the 21 – Day Fitness Challenge.  Back to Yoga Abs with Rodney Lee on this morning.  I love to stretch my body to its limits and experience the strength and flexibility that I feel from practicing yoga over a period of time. Doing exercises that help me become more limber is very motivational and beneficial to me.  Yoga will definitely be a fitness focus in my future. 😉

Day 19 – Good To Know

There are two primary reasons to stretch. 1) It’s good for the body, and 2) It’s good for the mind.

  1. Stretching will make you stand taller — Stretching helps to prevent age related height loss. In addition, stretching can help maintain proper joint alignment, leading to a more erect posture at any age.
  2. Stretching will make you feel better — Stretching is an excellent way to relax and reduce stress. Many people stretch with intensity, holding extreme, overextended positions. But proper stretching at a lower intensity can be a therapeutic way to relax and naturally vent anxiety.
  3. Stretching decreases the chance and/or severity of injury — Stretching makes our tissues more elastic and less likely to tear or strain. It’s not the cure-all to injury, but it is one of the most important injury prevention measures you can take.
  4. Stretching helps relieve age-related muscle stiffness — As we age, muscle stiffness makes it more difficult to perform routine daily tasks. Regular stretching can combat age-related stiffness by helping to keep our muscles and other tissues elastic.
  5. Stretching focuses the mind — By spending time stretching before a workout or competition, we can prepare mentally for upcoming physical activity. This allows us to focus on the task ahead and commit ourselves to a specific goal, be it competitive or personal.
  6. Stretching could save your life — It’s true, stretching prepares the body for the increased demands of physical activity by elevating the heart rate and increasing blood flow. This can prevent a stroke or heart attack caused by an immediate strain on the heart and circulatory system.

How did Things Go For You?

1. How did it go for you today? What fitness routine or activity did you complete?

2. Were you able to meet your fitness goals for today? If not what was your challenge and what will you do to overcome it?

3. How did you feel after your fitness work-out or activity?