6 Basic Stretches to Add to your Cool Down

6 Basic Stretches to Add to your Cool Down

Stretching after a exercise is more important than most people realize. It helps muscles cool down slowly and will increase flexibility and blood flow while reducing tension and aches.

Stretching also releases endorphins helping you maximize the emotional benefit of your workout and relax effectively.

Having a full range of motion in our arms and shoulders will help perform everyday tasks from holding babies to reaching objects on shelves.

ARMS

1) Pull your extended arm across your chest and hold with your other arm or hand. Repeat with the other arm.

2) Raising one arm above your head, grab the elbow with your other hand and pull gently

Without our legs, it would be difficult to get anywhere. If you’ve experienced the pain of a leg injury or muscle ache, you know just how frustrating that pain can be.

LEGS

3) To stretch your quads, Raise your foot behind you, bending at the knee. Grasp your ankle firmly with the hand on the same side. Hold for at least 30 seconds then repeat with the opposite leg.

4) To stretch your hamstrings, extend one leg in front of you with your foot flexed. Slowly reach over your extended leg bending at the hip and other knee.



Back pain is the most common body ache and is a result of poor posture, bad mattresses, and lack of muscle strength, among other things.

BACK

5) With your arms raised above your head and your feet shoulder width apart, slowly lean to one side stretching the muscles along your back and rib cage. After at least 30 seconds, Slowly come up to center and then repeat on the other side.

6) To perform the stretch called “Child’s Pose” start on your hands and knees. Then, keeping your hands planted on the ground in front of you, sit your hips back towards your heels. Hold for 30 seconds or longer. For a deeper stretch, walk your hands further away from you or to one side of your body.

Stretching after exercise can relieve many aches and pains, but for discomfort that persists, or for those who don’t have time to stretch, there is a simple solution. 
PowerStrips redirect the body’s original heat and energy into the areas of the body to which PowerStrips are applied,amplifying relief and comfort.