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 Some Simple Stretches

Some Simple Stretches

Some Simple Stretches

Let’s get right into it: have you watched a dog or a cat stretch right after they’ve woken up from a long sleep, or even a short nap? One reason why they do it is because it feels good, but the most important one is that your muscles need it in order to recover, heal and maintain strength and flexibility.

When doing any sort of stretches, it’s important to wear comfortable, loose clothing that will allow you to move without getting in the way. Also, you need to warm up before stretching. You don’t need to run a half mile or get your heart rate up to the point where you’re out of breath. You just need to walk or march in place for a minute or to until you feel… well, warmed up.

Cat stretches:

Standing on all fours, (hands and knees) arch your back down while looking straight forward and slightly up. It’s important that you breathe in deeply while performing this part of the stretch. Hold it for as long as you’re comfortable, and then arch your up while exhaling and looking down. Remember, you’re stretching both ways as far and as long as you’re comfortable.

It’s supposed to feel good, not to hurt, so be sure to stop if you feel pain or discomfort. So, if you’re a back pain sufferer and you want to start doing something about it, stop reading right now, warm up and do these stretches for a few minutes. Of course, you need to make this exercise a part of your daily routine in order to establish long-lasting results. Remember, your dog or cat don’t stretch just every once in a while after reading a blog online; they do it every single day of their lives, and so should you.

If you’re wondering how you could benefit from stretching every single day, read on. When you warm up, you actually exercise, which is a key component of maintaining a healthy weight. And since we mentioned weight loss, you need to know that a strong back and a healthy weight go hand in hand.

In addition, when you stretch and subsequently contract the muscles around your back, you strengthen them. Having strong muscles around your spine is vital to your back health, which makes even more sense when you take into consideration that back pain sufferers have, on an average, 40 percent lower muscular strength compared to healthy people.