Fitness

Relax More, Stress Less (6) Stretching Techniques to Get Yourself Feeling Extra Refreshed

June 15, 2015

We all have those days, you know the ones where you just can’t seem to get out of bed on a Monday morning and continuously hit the snooze button?!

Yes, we all have them.

To the gym junkies, there’s no need to feel terrible about sleeping in once in a while and skipping the gym, there are plenty of other solutions to feeling great. I’m probably the biggest advocate for not drinking coffee and using every other technique to feel reenergized.

I spent the past weekend in Big Bear on a family vacation and the wilderness couldn’t be a better place for motivation — glistening lake, tall trees, and logs to stretch on! (Thanks cabin homes) I was inspired to share my go-to stretching workout that gets me feeling lifted and motivated to start my day!

Here are a few stretches that can make your body thank you after this 15-20 minute stretching sesh.

1. Standing Side Stretch (3 sets of 2)

Stand up straight, feet together, interlock your hands above your head and inhale while in this beginning stance. Exhale as you lean to the right.

Repeat on left side (equals 1 set).

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 2. Push-Ups (1 Set of 10) Great for arms and abs!

Feet together on the ground, hands laid out parallel to your center, keep your back as straight as possible. Raise your body by pressing down on your hands. Inhale as you raise your body, and exhale as you try to get your chest as low to the ground as you can (do 10 of these).

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3. Hamstring Stretch (Set of 2)

Lift your right leg to a comfortable height on a workout barrier (or a foreign object like my neighbors helpful log fence!). Keep your back straight and lean in forward from your hips and hold for 15 seconds.

Repeat with left leg (equals 1 set).

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4. Calf Stretch (Set of 3)

Stand tall and keep your feet hip-distance apart, put one foot forward up against a wall (or if you’re outside a tree is perfectly sufficient! haha), and draw your body forward.

Repeat with opposite foot (equals 1 set).

Something was obviously funny…too bad I don’t remember the joke and too bad I didn’t get another picture without me laughing in this stance! LOL

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5. Lunges (15 each leg)

Start in a standing position with your hands on your hips, take a step forward with your right leg. Lower your body until your knee is bent at 90 degrees. As you go back up into your standing position put your left foot forward and repeat.

6. Toe Touch Stretch (Set of 3) Works out Back/Spine, Hips, and Legs

Stand with feet parallel to your center, bend forward touching your toes for 10 – 30 seconds (or as seen in the picture below, I was sliding my hands down to my ankles).

Repeat for right and left sides (equals 1 set).

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To better stimulate your circulation add dumbbells to this 6-step routine.

I hope my collection of stretches has you feeling better about sleeping in (don’t get lazy on me guys!) and appreciating what stretching can do!

Don’t let this short stretch workout fool you from not doing it either…it’s quick and effective!

Add a fun playlist for extra motivation! My current fave is Sia, it’s usually more of a trap/hip hop theme (lol) but I came across a Sia playlist on Spotify and can’t stop listening!

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About my workout wear

Lulu’s technological fabrics and stylish work out clothes have me wanting to live in them. Comfort may come at a price but you look good and feel good too!

Okay, seriously? No better feeling!

My lulu high-rise fit and “Full on Luxtreme” sweat-wicking fabric pant can be found here. My studio racerback lululemon top can be found here.

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Thank me later! (insert winky face emoji)

– Alyssa

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