Finding time for a good stretch seems impossible when you’re over-stretched. The benefits of daily stretching exercises are not only proven, they’re a given. Michael Jordan credits stretching, as part of his overall fitness routine, for promoting his long and successful NBA career.
Though I know I need a daily stretching routine, I often back-burner this activity in the pursuit of more pressing concerns: cleaning the kitchen, sorting through laundry, answering email, etc. There’s only so much time, right?
Presently, I’m in the throws of a plantar fasciitis flare-up coupled with an inflammed piriformis. All the result of my regular workouts and LACK of stretching. Surely, a few stretches after my exercise class should suffice? As I literally hobble out of the studio, I can’t deny that things are out of control.
Stretches, my PT insists, are my only hope. Three PT sessions and a half a dozen carefully chosen stretches were my Rx. Stretching, when done at home, on a regular basis, will be the only thing to heal me short of surgery.
I am challenging myself to stretch two times a day, every day, for the next week. I will hold each stretch for 20 seconds, no more no less, as per the sage advice of my PT. Of course, you’re all committed to some stretching routine already that honors each ligament and muscle. But if you’re not, you’re probably like me and think that …
Creating this habit, seems like a stretch…..