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Daily Stretching: Start with just 5 minutes per day

Incorporating stretching into your daily routine is a great idea for overall flexibility, injury prevention, and stress relief. Starting with just 5 minutes per day is a manageable approach. Here's a simple routine you can follow, gradually increasing the time as your body becomes more accustomed to it, for flexibility and stress relief.

Where to Start: 5 Minutes Per Day Stretching Routine

Week 1-2: 5 Minutes

  • Neck Stretches (1 minute):

  • Gently tilt your head from side to side.

  • Slowly turn your head from left to right.

  • Shoulder Rolls (1 minute):

  • Roll your shoulders backward in a circular motion for 30 seconds.

  • Repeat in the forward direction for another 30 seconds.

  • Arm and Wrist Stretch (1 minute):

  • Extend your right arm and gently pull your fingers back towards you.

  • Repeat with the left arm.

  • Gently rotate your wrists in both directions.

  • Standing Forward Bend (1 minute):

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart.

  • Slowly bend forward at the hips, reaching towards your toes.

  • Keep your knees slightly bent to avoid strain.

Woman at a desk stretching her wrists

Week 3-4: 7 Minutes

Add the following to your routine:

  • Chest Opener (1 minute):

  • Clasp your hands behind your back and straighten your arms.

  • Lift your arms slightly to open up your chest.

  • Seated Forward Bend (1 minute):

  • Sit with your legs extended in front.

  • Hinge at your hips and reach toward your toes.

Week 5-6: 10 Minutes

Include the following:

  • Hip Flexor Stretch (2 minutes):

  • Kneel on your right knee with your left foot in front, forming a 90-degree angle.

  • Shift your weight forward slightly to feel a stretch in your right hip flexor.

  • Repeat on the other side.

  • Calf Stretch (2 minutes):

  • Stand facing a wall with your hands on it.

  • Extend one leg behind you with the heel on the ground.

  • Lean forward to feel the stretch in your calf.

  • Repeat on the other leg.

Week 7 and beyond: 15-20 Minutes

Expand your routine by incorporating dynamic stretches and active isolated stretching. You can also include yoga poses or more advanced stretches based on your comfort level.

Keep Moving

Remember to listen to your body, and if you experience any pain, ease off the stretch. Consistency is key, so try to make stretching a daily habit. As your flexibility improves, you can personalize the routine to target specific areas or address individual needs.


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