Stretch To Relieve Stress
When we feel stressed, our muscles tense up and relaxation becomes difficult.
These exercises are designed to help get the knots out of muscles and reduce stress overload. You don't need equipment or a large space so this should appeal to people who have neither!
If you have a medical condition, please check with your doctor before doing any type of exercise.
Arm Stretch: Raise your arms above your head, fingers interlaced, palms facing up. Push up as far as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 5 times.
Leg Stretch: Squat, with palms flat on the floor bring left knee to chest, extend right leg straight back. Gently lower your torso as close to the floor as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 5 times, switch leg positions, and repeat again.
Head And Neck Roll: Relax your shoulders and let your head roll forward, chin to chest. Slowly rotate your head in a circle without straining your neck. Repeat 5 times. Relax. Then, rotate in the opposite direction and repeat 5 times.
Back Stretch: Lie on your back, keeping your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Gently push your lower back onto the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 5 times.
As you can see, it doesn't take a lot of time to do these stretching exercises and you don't have to be a gymnast to do them. We all lead busy lives as working mothers and it is sometimes difficult to make time for exercising.
When you do manage to have a little bit of time for yourself, try some stretching!