How to Stretch After a Walk

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If you haven’t started a walking program yet, now is the time to start.  Grab some friends, head outdoors and enjoy the local paths and lakes.  Make the most of your activity by ending each walking session with five minutes of flexibility training.

Benefits of Stretching

Stretching increases the range of motion in your joints.  This helps your body to move more comfortably through your daily activities and helps to prevent injury as well.  A regular habit of stretching will also help you to stand tall and maintain good posture.

Stretching is also a great way to reduce stress and relax.  Just five minutes of stretching each day can lower your blood pressure and improve your quality of sleep.  Add a few minutes of quiet mindful breathing or meditation and you’ll increase the benefit even more.

How to Stretch

You may have been taught to stretch before an exercise session. But in recent years, experts have found that it is safer to stretch your muscles when they are warm.  That means stretching after your exercise session is finished.

Watch this video to learn some basic stretches.  You can also find more helpful videos about starting an exercise program at North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss.

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