Workout Wednesday – Whole Body Stretch

by DavalosMcCormack on February 10, 2010

These are stressful times. Every day we are faced with difficult decisions. No, I’m not talking about politics or work or even family. I mean the problem when folks bring food into work and leave you asking yourself “Do I eat the chocolate chip cookie or the apple pie,” or the other daily dilemma “Should I shop online at work and risk getting caught or wait till I get home?”

That’s why it’s all the more important for us all to have some physical outlet, to ease the tension, and maybe even help us make the right decision.

Now, you may not have the time to hit the gym or perhaps never go to the gym because it’s too expensive,. but here’s something you can do at home any time of the day or night and it’s guaranteed to help relax and refresh you.

It’s the whole body stretch. It’s easy to do and it works on the whole front of the body as well as stretching out all the muscles that get tight sitting in front of a computer all day long.

Here’s how you do it. If you have one of those big, bouncy rubber exercise balls handy pull it out. If you don’t find a small footstool or similar sized object and put a thick towel or blanket over it to make it comfortable.

Lie face up on the ball and slowly adjust your position until the ball is halfway down your body and your back is fully supported. Straighten your legs and then stretch back over the ball so that your body is draped over it and your arms are hanging towards the floor.

That’s it. Hold it for 3-5 breaths. Sit up. Repeat.

Want to see how to do it. Here you go.

It’s amazing how something as simple as this can really help ease stress and tension and just let all those muscles that have been hunched and crunched all day stretch out.

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