Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9
Did you know taking the time to stretch every day can help prevent injuries? When done regularly, stretching can increase joint mobility and range of motion, improve circulation, posture and coordination, and even reduce stress.
Summer months often mean less time in the studio, but it’s still important to take the time to stretch on a regular basis. Need some motivation? Take Turning Pointe’s Summer Stretching Challenge to make sure you’re ready to go when school session classes resume!
Take the Challenge:
Click here to download and print your stretching log, and challenge yourself to stretch for an hour a week this summer – that’s just 10 minutes a day, Monday through Saturday. Fill up the grid as you count down the minutes, and watch your flexibility improve! Sign your name and bring your completed log to the studio when fall classes begin to hang your accomplishments on the Summer Stretching Wall of Fame.
Tips for a Positive Experience:
· Always warm up before you stretch. Stretching cold muscles can be counterproductive, and often leads to pulls and irritation. Start by jogging in place, playing outside or doing some jumping jacks to get your blood moving before starting your stretching routine.
· Avoid bouncing or pulsing into a stretch, as this can cause small muscle tears. Relax into each position, hold still and take slow, deep breaths.
· Hold still in each position for at least 30 seconds before moving on, and always make sure you stretch both sides evenly.
Need help designating some time to stretch each week? Sign up for Pilates Fusion, running each week July only, Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. Click here to register for July classes, see Turning Pointe’s full summer schedule, class descriptions, dress code and more.