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15 Minute Stretching Workout by Suzanne Martin

By Suzanne Martin

No time to workout? No challenge! With fold-out workout charts and an workout DVD, the 15-Minute health sequence offers readers every little thing they should squeeze typical workout classes into even the main nerve-racking day. Stretching is likely one of the so much important-and such a lot neglected-components of each exercise session. With the 15 Minute Stretching exercise routine you could learn how to stretch like a professional!

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Pay special attention to the various parts of the front of the trunk in the Elongations. Notice how the “W’s” exercise straightens and elongates you, combating the typical fetal curling position many adopt when 16/2/09 23:47:37  asleep. Next, the Hurdler lat stretch balances both sides of the back of the waist. The Balance point stretch literally pushes the trunk and head up against gravity. Most of us don’t notice how our back is pulling us down because our legs compensate, taking up most of the slack in the system.

Reach your hands out onto the floor in front of you. tuck the tail lift the abs 22 Inhale as you drag your hands along the floor toward your shoulders, keeping the abdomen tight and lifting your front body so your ribs come off the floor. Exhale, slide the arms out in front of you, and take your face back to the floor. Repeat, then relax and breathe normally. indd 32 86BB$'LQGG 16/2/09 22:37:43  lengthening shoulder ovals 33 23 Shoulder ovals Tighten the waist, lift the hips, and come up to a perfect hands and knees position.

Improving posture will uplift your outlook on life as well as giving you confidence and endurance against everyday stresses. Stretching for healthy posture means fighting against the pull of gravity. If we do not work against gravity’s pull, then the longer we live, the more bent and deformed we become. A typical gravitational pull creates a forward-jutting chin, a tight chest, and rounded shoulders. Carrying on down the body, the abdomen becomes lax and the low back becomes tighter. A domino effect continues on into the legs, shortening the front of the thighs and creating a loose area around the glutes.

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