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5% challenge: Stretching


Friday, March 08, 2013

Today is the first day of a week of at least 10 minutes a day stretching. I like stretching because it can be done in many places, at many times and I find it relaxing. But although I have DVDs on stepping, walking etc. there are none on stretching! I know I will find something on SP but first looked on Youtube. Between SP and Youtube there will be no shortage of variety for my 7+ days of this challenge.
I have just done:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
-iY5V0xiiKw

Halfway there already. I'll try a different one later today.
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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/22/2013 8:24AM

    Great video for stretching

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LOLAINSC 3/11/2013 2:24PM

    Thanks for the link. I don't know about you, but I have really been enjoying this challenge. I got out of my good habit of stretching and was unable to get back into it until this challenge provided the motivation. I think I have been through all the SP stretching videos now--anybody besides me about ready to commit mayhem on Barry from Detroit?
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Comment edited on: 3/11/2013 2:25:46 PM

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ASHENPOND 3/9/2013 11:52PM

    emoticon I must start with stretches. Your 5% challenge is the emoticon

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LIBBYL1 3/9/2013 10:34PM

  Stretching is a wonderful thing! My mother is 86 and can still touch her toes and walk on the beach, and is not bent over and only has arthritis in her fingers. She was a physio and did yoga for years - and credits her flexibility to keeping mobility in her joints through stretching every day (and keeping on walking). Some stretches she does and I do ....
yoga happy baby (just love the name) am sure you can google it. And child's pose.
Lots of spinal twists - again yoga has some great ones,
The standard shoulder stretch (standing straight and putting one arm over your shoulder next to your head with hand down your back and the other reaching behind from your waist and clasping hands together - if can't clasp use a towel or tea towel and edge fingers closer and closer.
. And of course lying on your back with a band or something else and lifting one leg up and trying to bring as close to your face as possible using the band and keeping leg straight, then slowly moving it to one side keeping it high and straight and trying to touch floor while keeping shoulders on floor and then over to the other.
Then of course sitting straight legs in front of you and with a straight back reaching for your toes and trying to get your head on to your knees. Then doing same with legs wide open and reaching out over each leg.
Enjoy!


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NPA4LOSS 3/9/2013 6:44PM

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DS9KIE 3/9/2013 3:00PM

    that sounds like a great plan...you found a great workout

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/9/2013 6:54AM

    Thanks for the link emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/9/2013 2:48AM

    emoticon Great work! Keep it up emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/9/2013 2:38AM

    Thanks heaps for the link...go you...well done

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MICKEYH 3/9/2013 1:37AM

    emoticon I am thinking about doing some Jillian micheal's yoga DVD. emoticon

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PHEBESS 3/8/2013 10:35PM

    Before I even get out of bed, I take one leg and bend it, knee to chest - wrap my hands around the calf - hold it for 20-25 counts. Release. Switch legs and repeat. It stretches the lower back and hip, and makes my back feel so much better when I do get out of bed.

Just a starter stretch!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/8/2013 8:37PM

    emoticon Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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ARTJAC 3/8/2013 8:16PM

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GEMLADYONE 3/8/2013 8:01PM

    There are (as you suspected) several on SP. Here's one of my favorites that I do in my office (when I think of it....hmm the challenge will push me to do more often?)

www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/videos-detail.asp?vide
o=22

And I use this one after running or anything high impact to avoid shin splints....it's worked so far!

www.sparkpeople.com/res
ource/videos-detail.asp?video=6
6

Happy stretching!

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GLITTER60 3/8/2013 8:01PM

    you can get yoga videos.

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MLH148 3/8/2013 7:49PM

    Thank you! I was just noticing I had no stretching DVDs and wondering what to do.

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WENDYJM4 3/8/2013 7:32PM

    looks good. Penny

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