Health & Wellness

30 Days To A More Flexible You Challenge

February 25, 2016
30 day stretching

30 day stretchingHello Sizzlers! This Month’s challenge in #couchpotatotofabfit is about to start!

Most of us don’t realise the importance of DAILY STRETCHING to increase our flexibility.  As we age we start to lose our strength and flexibility however, it is surprising how we can regain our flexibility by stretching for a few minutes each day.

Join our 30 days To A More Flexible You Challenge.  Try stretching each day and you will feel healthier for it.  This is a challenge not just for women but men too!  So get your husbands, partners, boyfriends to join you.

I have had problems with my lower back for years and my P.T. Nikki Wakerley, always makes sure she gives me a good stretch at the end of my session.  I finally took her advice and started stretching daily and the reduction in back pain is incredible.  I only feel the odd twinge instead of pain and my range of movement is so much better.

Remember: Everyone is different and has different ranges of flexibility.  This is not a competition so don’t try and overdo it you will only injure yourself.

So the guidelines to 30 Days to a More Flexible You Challenge are pretty simple:-

  1. Firstly, CLICK HERE TO Read my post 12 Daily Stretches for More Flexibility – I’ve included some ideas for stretching plus some important tips from my P.T., Nikki.
  2. Stretch for at least 10 minutes each day or longer if on the days you aren’t exercising
  3. DO NOT PUSH AND IF YOU FEEL PAIN STOP!  I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!

 Measure Your Progress

On Day 1 try to touch your toes.  On Day 30 try to touch your toes and see how your flexibility has improved.  The best way to do this is to sit down with your legs stretched out in front of you. Sit up tall and try to touch your toes.  DON’T PUSH IT – IT WILL HAPPEN EVENTUALLY!

Why do we need to Stretch?

Here are just a few benefits from stretching:

  • Improved Posture
  • Reduces Lower Back Pain
  • Helps prevent loss of mobility as we age
  • Reduces the risk of Injury
  • Reduces stress on muscles used in exercise

Download the FREE Stretching calendar JUST CLICK HERE.

Mark off each day when you have completed your stretching and pop over to the Facebook group to share in the support and encourage others.

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues February 26, 2016 at 06:35

    There are so many people who underestimate stretching. It’s a life saviour!
    The months when I was home, I tried to do yoga as close to a daily basis. Now when I’m back to CrossFit, even my coach was surprised by my mobility. I lost my strength and explosion, but the flexibility is there.
    I’m looking forward this challenge.
    Go for it, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 26, 2016 at 12:50

      I know Debbie, my PT has been on my case for so long to stretch as much as I can. Since I’ve started daily stretching my back pain has improved so much. I’m glad you will be doing the challenge I’m sure you can post some good advice as well.

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs February 26, 2016 at 14:11

    Since I have taken my fascial stretch therapist certification I have a whole different view of stretching. Yes, I know how important it is, but I approach it differently. It’s been a back saver for me. I love the challenge idea. I still need a kick in the butt to make sure I stretch daily, and I think this might be the ticket.

    Thanks for sharing at the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2016 at 08:43

      Thanks Debbie. I just found that my lower back problems have improved so much with stretching more regularly. I thought a challenge was a good way to motivate everyone to stretch more.

  • Reply Lee MacArthur February 26, 2016 at 15:31

    I definitely need to start this as I do not stretch enough. I did add some yoga to work on balance but this is something I let slip. thank you for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2016 at 08:48

      Yes Lee, my PT has been telling me to stretch regularly for quite a while now. I have started stretching daily and it has really helped my lower back so I thought perhaps a 30 day challenge might get us all into better habits. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Lynne Patnode February 29, 2016 at 06:36

    Perfect!!! This is the time of year when we need to really get off the couch and start stretching! As it is the end of Winter in the northeast USA, we will need to shake off the sludge and get back into moving!

    Thank you so much for getting me off my duff!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 29, 2016 at 13:28

      Glad to help Lynne! We are going into winter although where I live in Brisbane it is so mild and the days are just gorgeous. It is a great time to keep fit because it isn’t too hot! Here’s to a more flexible us!

  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner February 29, 2016 at 12:00

    I always feel better when I take the time to stretch properly. It’s so important for life long health.Nice to meet you in the blog hop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 29, 2016 at 13:29

      Hi Deborah! Lovely to meet you and thank you for stopping by to comment. A morning stretch is so luxurious and it is good for us as well! Have a great week!

  • Reply Alissia Haggard February 29, 2016 at 14:40

    Stretching is so important! I will be saving this for later! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 29, 2016 at 16:41

      Come and join us in the challenge!

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells March 1, 2016 at 05:11

    Sue, I think that people get so caught up in fat burning, body image, the latest trend, etc. that they forget the basics–such as flexibility–and how basic they are to achieve. Thank you for sharing and for the challenge!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2016 at 07:24

      I know Regina. My PT has been telling me for a long time to STRETCH and how important it is. I didn’t really give it the attention it deserved but now that I have I’m feeling so much better and my back pain is almost non-exisitent. I hope you will join us for the challenge.

  • Reply Life Loving March 1, 2016 at 07:23

    This is a great reminder for me Sue. I always remember to warm up before and stretch after exercising, but I’m not very good at doing any stretching on days when I don’t exercise. I’ll try and start stretching more from tomorrow and see how I feel. I think I’m pretty flexible, but there’s always room for improvement.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

  • Reply Kimberlee March 1, 2016 at 11:26

    Flexibility and stretching daily are so important. I stretch every day for at least 4 to 5 minutes after working out. I also love doing yoga.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 1, 2016 at 16:42

      Hi Kimberlee, my PT has been encouraging me for a while to stretch daily and it really does work. She also takes me along to yoga practice which I love. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Sandy Sandmeyer March 2, 2016 at 10:59

    These are super suggestions, Sue! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 2, 2016 at 11:56

      Thanks Sandy! Have a great week!

  • Reply Jenn Peters March 6, 2016 at 01:08

    Great tips, Sue. I’ve noticed feeling more grounded (if that’s even a good descriptor) on the days that I take time to stretch in the morning. It just feels… good 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 6, 2016 at 10:57

      Hi Jenn I love your description ‘more grounded’ it is perfect. It is a great calm way to start the day. Thanks for stopping by to comment. I’m interested in reading your post about speeding up a wordpress blog.

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