Begin Your Day with a Stretch

At Secrets Maroma Beach we also offer a stretching class every morning at 10 a.m. to rejuvenate your body.  When you overlook stretching, you underestimate how important it is not only for intense workouts but also for everyday life.

One of the major benefits of stretching is increasing your range of motion. Being flexible improves your muscle efficiency, reduces injury and increases blood and nutrient supply. Additionally, stretching boosts energy and increases your awareness of your body’s capabilities.

Before you start to stretch, it’s essential to warm-up your muscles with a quick cardio activity such as brisk walking or jumping jacks. Also keep in mind to acquire the benefits of stretching, the exercises need to be done properly. Make sure to have control of the stretch and pull slowly—you should only feel mild tension. Begin your day at home with these few simple stretches you can do anywhere.

Knees to Chest
Start by lying on your back. Bend your knees and pull your knees towards your chest with your arms. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.

Shoulder Circles
Relax shoulders. In a slow, circular motion rotate shoulders. Raise shoulders toward ears and follow by lowering towards your back. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.

Tricep Stretch
Put your right hand against the back of your head with your palm facing your head. Then with your left hand, grab your right elbow and pull downward until you feel the stretch. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.

Groin Stretch
Sit on the ground with your back against the wall. Place the soles of your feet together. Allow your knees lower toward the floor. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.

Hamstring Stretch
Start by sitting on the floor with one leg straight ahead of you and the other bent. Place your hands together in front of you and reach forward from your hips to the straightened leg. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3-5 times on each side.

By doing these stretches daily, you will feel progress in your flexibility and be able to enjoy more activities. Make stretching a component of your relaxing vacation so the only pain you feel when leaving is heartache.

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