Are You Stretching Enough?

benefits of stretching

 

I must admit one of my weakness is STRETCHING! I know the importance and benefits of stretching, as well as a variety of stretches to do, but have failed to make stretching a consistent part of my fitness regimen. I do stretch before and after workouts but have never focused more than 10 minutes on stretching. Shockingly I love to foam roll but after 3 minutes (maybe less) I'm done- I can't handle the pain, even though it's a "good pain". 

I think my lack of proper stretching is finally catching up with me. My body has been asking for more stretching and I am finally ready to give my body what it needs! I honestly can't deal with the muscle and joint pain and soreness any longer. I am now ready and have made a new goal to spend at least an hour a week focusing only on stretching. I started this last week by going to a yoga class and I loved it! Yoga was just what I needed and I hate that it took me so long to attend a class. I am actually excited about attending again and also more likely to make stretching a priority.

Since I have rediscovered stretching, I want you to do the same (if you aren't stretching enough already). I encourage you to spend more than 5 minutes a day stretching and take one day a week to stretch at least 30 minutes. You will thank me later!

 

What's Your Fitness Mantra?

Sometimes we all need a little extra push to get, or keep, us working hard toward our goals- a fitness mantra can do just that!

A fitness mantra is any phrase, slogan or message that motivates and/or inspires you to:

  • Stay on track 
  • Get up and go to the gym
  • Get through a tough workout
  • Work a little harder
  • Lift heavier
  • Stay focused
  • Say no to temptation

A fitness mantra will not only encourage you, it will allow you to replace negative thoughts or feelings with positive messages. Research shows that those with a positive outlook are not only healthier and more inspired to reach their goals, they are also more likely to exercise. Having a positive mantra can also help you better visualize yourself reaching success and can help you work harder to accomplish your health and fitness goals.

SO WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS MANTRA? Here are a few of my favorites. Share yours below!