7 Smart Stretching Tips

1 Stretch Safely Stretching too vigorously, holding a stretch too long or stretching until it hurts is not recommended. Stretching should feel good. Static stretching, in which you stretch through a muscle’s full range of movement until you feel resistance but not pain, is probably the safest type. Stretch to the point of mild discomfort, at most,…

8 Tips for Proper Stretching Techniques

Start Small – The general rule is to begin with a shorter range of motion and a shorter set of exercises, building up progressively to help your body ramp up response, rather than jolting it into action. Use Controlled, Steady Movements – The key to good stretching is smooth, steady incremental movements. Don’t let impatience…

The 10 Best Stretches For Better Flexibility

Tight hamstrings? Sore back? Stiff hips? Loosen up, already! Perform some of these super-effective, easy-to-follow stretches once or twice a day (any time, other than right before a workout), a few days each week, and you’ll start feeling the flex benefits in no time. Stretches provided by: Julie Erickson, Endurance Pilates & Yoga; Lashaun Dale,…

The Truth About Stretching

Do any of these lines sound familiar? You have to hold a stretch to get the benefit. Don’t bounce in the stretch — you’ll tear your muscle. If you don’t stretch before a workout, you’ll hurt yourself. Well, they’re all wrong. But first, there’s a bigger question to answer. Do You Need to Stretch at…

Yoga

How It Works Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years. Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. There…

12 Basic Yoga Poses

Poses to Know No matter the style of yoga you choose — hatha, vinyasa, or hot yoga — nearly all of them include a few key moves. To stay safe, your best bet is to work with a trained instructor who can show you the right way to do each position. If you’ve had neck,…

6 Full-Body Stretching Exercises

The Routine When you can barely squeeze a workout into your day, taking time to focus on flexibility may feel like, well, a stretch. But stretching is an important part of fitness: It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as…

10 Essential Stretches for Runners

Who Needs to Stretc Even a slight jog gives a person’s muscles a workout, and many doctors recommend stretching those muscles both before and after an exercise routine. Exercise can shorten a person’s muscles, decreasing mobility over time. Stretching keeps the muscles in the body flexible, so that the muscles and joints are at their…

6 Yoga Stretches To Wake You Up

Unless you’re one of those cheery morning people who hop out of bed with the sunrise, getting up is tough. Research even finds that heart attacks are more common at this time of day, partly because of the demands of shifting from groggy to full-speed-ahead.“We stifle our natural tendency to stretch and yawn because the…

Working Warrior: 5 Poses to Survive the Work Day

The alarm rings. You roll over and see there’s still half an hour before you have to leave. BAM. You hit the snooze button. Sound familiar? Whether you love your job or dread the thought of having to drag yourself out of bed instead of lovingly tapping the snooze button about fifteen more times, I…

Anusara Yoga – the ‘American’ Yoga

In 1997, an American-born yoga instructor, John Friend, founded a modern school of hatha yoga called Anusara yoga. He developed his style from elements of another modern yoga school, Iyengar, and reintroduced Hindu philosophy and spirituality to the asana (poses). Anusara is a more health-oriented Western approach to the traditional hatha style. From the ashrams…

The Ultimate Goal of Yoga

On the mat, the serious yoga practitioner is the embodiment of focus, discipline, and unwavering concentration. He or she is devoted to the perfection of the asana (poses) and he or she challenges mind and body to achieve a ‘higher state of being’. On the mat, the serious yoga practitioner is the embodiment of focus,…