Stretch to lower stress. Yes, you can! Stretch your body, relax your mind.
I hear it all the time, “I am so stressed!” “I don’t have time to exercise,” or “I don’t even know where to start, I am so tired from being a mom!”
It’s all good FitMama! Don’t stress about it.
Yes, activity is important and you know that I promote exercise like it’s going out of style – BUT, let me tell you, STRESS is keeping more belly fat around your midsection than lack of exercise most likely.
Take some time to just relax and stretch out your body. Stretching feels SO good. I guarantee it. Every single time a FitMama does my stretching video from the 28 Day FitBlitz Program, they say, “That felt so good, I need to do that more!” I know!! I know, trust me, I know.
Top 5 reasons to stretch:
When is the best time to stretch?
Well, as my answer with most “When is the best time” questions, it is “whenever you make time for it” but – there really is a BEST time to stretch, in the evening before bed.
While we sleep (broken or solid sleep) our brains map our bodies and send messages back and forth. We have sort of like a mirror image of our bodies imprinted on our minds. If we stretch early in the day, then we can go through the day with a different map than what is the reality of our newly stretched out bodies. This can sometimes lead to an increased risk of injury – another reason why you don’t want to do static stretching (holding a stretch) before a workout.
For the most part though, do not worry too much about the “when” unless you are an a high level athlete. Just stretch when you can! Doing it is the most important thing, so make time each day and stretch it out!
Turn on some relaxing music, dim the lights and stretch out your beautiful body by following along with me in this FitBlitz Stretching Video. Both your mind and your body will thank you.
Let me know how it goes!!