No matter where you find yourself on your fitness journey, there is one thing we all have in common: the need to stretch. Why? Well, it turns out there are many reasons.
Benefits of Daily Yoga
There are so many reasons to add yoga to your daily routine, even if it’s just a five-minute flow:
1. Helps Stiffness and Sore Muscles
The most obvious benefit of stretching is to relieve stiff, sore muscles. Whether you are hurting from a hard workout or stiff from being sedentary, stretching alleviates muscle pain. And it’s a more natural and inexpensive solution than popping Advil or Tylenol—both of which can be hard on your body over time. Stretching after workouts helps prevent your muscles from becoming stiff and sore the next day, so you can be ready to get back at it again tomorrow.
2. Increases Range of Motion
Everything in our bodies is connected: muscles, bones, and joints included. If the muscles around the joint aren’t flexible, it’s difficult to move efficiently. In other words, muscle stiffness can prevent you from doing full range of motion exercises, cause injury, and worst of all keep you from progressing with your fitness goals. Even those who DON’T exercise regularly will find that skipping stretching limits the ability to take full strides when you walk, reach for things, or move with a complete range of motion. Skip stretching and you’ll eventually have that familiar “grandpa shuffle.”
Don’t underestimate the damage stress can have on both your mental and physical health. A brief stretch break that utilizes deep breathing can provide a respite during the day to find clarity and slow down your breath.
The bottom line is this: maintaining flexibility is the key to feeling good, preventing injury, moving well and continuing to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle well into your second half of life. And while you probably know that yoga provides the flexibility benefits that everyone desires, you may not have the time or the desire to get into a regular yoga practice. But truthfully, if you only do a handful of poses each day, you’ll start to see the difference in how your body looks and feels. Try our 10 yoga poses below to get a simple stretch every day that will benefit your mind and body.
10 Yoga Poses To Do Every Day
This 5-minute yoga workout gives you 10 yoga poses you should add to your daily workout routine:
Relieve a tight back and maintain spinal flexibility.
Begin on your hands and knees with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips.
Start with your spine in a “neutral” or long position, then gently lift your heart and tailbone so your back gently curves downward. Be sure to focus on the lifting; do not press your back downward. Let the curve happen naturally.
Look slightly upward with a relaxed neck and breathe gently.