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5 Easy Stretches for Stiff, Sore Muscules

Feeling Stiff and Sore? 
Try These 5 Easy Stretches for relief
Whatever the reason for your stiffness, whether it’s from too much sitting or too much yard work, these stretches will help relieve those aches and pains. Do them everyday or at least 3x per week for maximum benefit.
1. Child’s Pose
Relieves lower back tension and stretches shoulders. Hold for 10-20 seconds.
2. Runner Stretch
Step one foot forward, bend front knee as you lower it to the ground while the back leg stretches out behind you. Try to place the top of your foot on the ground. For a deeper stretch lift straight leg knee off the  ground.
Stretches hips, quadriceps and hip flexors. Hold 10-20 seconds
3.Straight  Leg Reach
Inhale and reach for your toes  as you exhale keeping your back straight. No rounded shoulders. It’s okay if you can’t reach your toes. Hold at the point of max stretch.
Stretches: Hamstrings, glutes &  lower back.
Pull toes toward you for a calf stretch too.
4. Straddle Stretch
Sit on floor with wide legs. Inhale, slowly exhale while walking your hands forward until you feel the stretch in your inner thighs and hips. Hold for 10-20 seconds & walk hands out further & hold for 10-20 seconds.
5. Downward Dog
This a more challenging pose but stretches
from your calves to your shoulders. Start in kneeling position, slowly lift knees and try to straighten your legs. It’s okay if your knees are bent. Hold 10-20 seconds at the point you feel the stretch.
Stretching everyday keeps the muscles and ligaments loose and supple. When muscles are loose, blood, oxygen and nutrients can circulate more easily giving you energy.
If you would like more stretches for a particular area of your body feel free to contact me!