Well we did it! Let’s celebrate completing our ’30 days to a More Flexible You‘ Challenge.
When I started the challenge at the beginning of the month I couldn’t touch my toes and that was my goal! My P.T. Nikki Wakerley, is always promoting the importance of stretching. I love the 15 – 20 minutes at the end of each personal training session where Nikki gives my body a good stretch.
Away from P.T. I wasn’t so good at taking the time to stretch after runs or just generally stretching to strengthen my lower back.
Taking the ‘30 days to a More Flexible You’ Challenge has certainly helped me to improve physical health but there were some surprising mental health benefits as well.
Did I achieve my goal of touching my toes? Keep reading to find out…..
I would like to share with you what I learned from 30 days of Stretching
1. Consistency is the Key
Making time to stretch each day for 30 days has improved my flexibility and I am finding that I can hold the poses for longer. I had recently purchased a yoga DVD and the instructor had suggested that doing yoga each day will improve your flexibility. I wasn’t convinced but after my 30 days of stretching I’m now a believer.
2. How to Breathe
I learned how to breathe to enhance the pose and go deeper into the stretch. By slowly breathing ‘in and out’ in a controlled manner I was also in control of my body and it responded to me. Breathing also helped me to clear my mind and focus.
3. Flexible body and mind
As I became more flexible, I enjoyed my stretching routine and my mood lifted. My mental health was enhanced as I realised I could actually improve and rise to the challenge. This motivated me to keep going.
4. The benefit of Quiet Time
I used my stretching time to reflect and meditate on how I was feeling and to concentrate on all the good things I have in my life. It was also my ‘thinking time’ where I could clear my mind and let my thoughts wander. I was able to focus more clearly on tasks after my stretching session.
5. I can touch my toes!
C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N!!! Yes, I achieved my goal of being flexible enough to touch my toes! I feel great and my body feels younger and fitter. My lower back has not caused me any problems during the 30 days and I feel stronger.