Welcome to Day 1 of the 21 Day Stretch Challenge! I’m happy you’re joining us! Everyday for the next 3 weeks we’ll stretch together (not in person… virtually – but if you want to come all the way to SoCal to stretch with me bring donuts). This will help make it a habit to stretch so we build momentum and keep it up.
Stretching helps prevent injuries by elongating, increasing your range of motion and strengthening your muscles. It’s also important to know your body and any tightness or muscle imbalances.
As you’re stretching pay attention to what your body is telling you:
- where you feel tight, sore or fatigued in certain areas
- if one side feels different from the other
- how you feel after a hard run / race
- how you feel after a rest day
- flexibility and what you want to improve upon
It’s only a minute a day most days – so NO EXCUSES. Show up everyday. Check in on my @RunEatRepeat Instagram daily updates too!
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21 Day Stretch Challenge Day 1
Day 1: Overhead Reach
After your workout / run stand tall and reach up overhead pulling up as much as you can. Take a deep breathe. Stretch up and pay attention to any tight areas or problem spots on your body. Release when you need to and stretch back up. Stretch, breathe and relax into the stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat for another 30 seconds.
Tips: Make this a full body stretch by completely pulling up and reaching for the sky. Release and take a deep breathe when you reach back up. Watch your balance and hold your core in tight to help stay steady (or go near something that can secure you if you tend to get dizzy).
Stretch AFTER you are warmed up – either after your workout or after a very thorough warm up.
Follow the Run Eat Repeat Facebook Page and Run Eat Repeat Instagram for a LIVE video check in. I’m doing a short live video each morning reminding you about the stretch and answering a few questions too.
And chime in with your workout and what part of your body thanked you the most for this one.
Always consult with your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise program. Stop if there is any pain. Be smart, safe and kind to your body.
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