Monday, February 14, 2011

Stretch.

I'm sitting here in the SOAR office working. Trying to work.  It's one of those moments were you think to yourself, "I should be productive right now but... something is just holding you back.  I came to the conclusion that 97% of those instances can be instantly cured by stretching. 

According to Wikipedia stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately elongated, often by abduction from the torso, in order to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and reaffirm comfortable muscle tone.[1] The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. Stretching is also used therapeutically to alleviate cramps.


In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and instinctive activity; it is performed by humans and many animals. It can be accompanied by yawning. Stretching often occurs instinctively after waking from sleep, after long periods of inactivity, or after exiting confined spaces and areas.

Increasing flexibility through stretching is one of the basic tenets of physical fitness. It is common for athletes to stretch before and after exercise in order to reduce injury and increase performance. Yoga involves the stretching of major muscle groups, some of which require a high level of flexibility to perform, for example the lotus position. Stretching can strengthen muscles, and in turn strong muscles are important to stretching safely and effectively.[2]


Stretching can be dangerous when performed incorrectly. There are many techniques for stretching in general, but depending on which muscle group is being stretched, some techniques may be ineffective or detrimental, even to the point of causing permanent damage to the tendons, ligaments and muscle fiber.[2] The physiological nature of stretching and theories about the effect of various techniques are therefore subject to heavy inquiry.

I feel like stretching is one of those things we all take for granted.  So wherever you are, stand up and let out a stretch.  You will feel amazing and your cholestoral will be lowered by 200 points. It's a fact.

This video can give you some good boogie body tips.  I recommend watching the whole thing.




3 comments:

megan said...

hahaha apparently I came into work just a few minutes too late...

Mariana Ochoa said...

..."uum chika uum chika uum chika the right the left..." Classic.

McKayJoice said...

If you don't have it, you're never gonna get it folks!