When it comes to good health, one of the first things we think of are healthy eating and exercising several times per week. For many, ‘exercise” consists of running, lifting weights, swimming, or other types of cardio. An often overlooked aspect of exercise which has many great benefits is stretching.
Here are three amazing stretches (yoga poses) to add to your fitness regimen:
Child’s Pose. This simple move has many amazing health benefits:
- Stress reliever
- Eases anxiety
- Stretches the thighs, hips and ankles
- Stretches the spine
- Helps ease constipation
Upward Dog. Also known as the “Up-Dog,” a few benefits of this move include the following:
- Improves posture
- Increases lung capacity
- Alleviates asthma symptoms
- Stretches the chest, lungs, abs and shoulders
- Strengthens the arms, spine and wrists
- Massages organs in abdomen
Downward Dog. Benefits of the “down-dog” include the following:
- Helps relieve stress
- Helps alleviate back pain
- Stretches the calves, shoulders, hamstrings, Achilles heel and arches
- Strengthens arms and legs
- Calming and relaxes
- Energizes the body
The exercises can all be performed in one fluid sequence, as demonstrated here:
When many of us don’t feel well, our first (and only) thought is to take medication either prescribed by our doctor or from the neighborhood drug store. While medication is needed in some cases, it may not be necessary in all. Gentle stretches like these and others have been used for centuries to help treat a variety of ailments naturally.
These movements can be performed first thing in the morning or before bedtime. Give these stretches a try. Your body will thank you!
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