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Stretching is always a good starting point for a workout session, or even an easy way to feel rejuvenated and relaxed. And for all those busy bees who complain about having no time for exercises, there can be no excuses about trying to include these easy stretching moves in their schedules.
Stretching is helpful for a healthy workout regime as well as a healthy mind. It keeps you in a good posture, improves your blood circulation, and reduces stress. Nutrition and exercise science expert Rujuta Diwekar took to her Instagram page to share 5 must-do stretching exercises. She took her social media followers through a quick summary of 5 daily stretches that everyone can do at home or at work.
“You have to do these stretches daily and hold them for 5 counts,” she urges her social media followers.
It is extremely important for everyone who has stiff joints, back pain, pain in the shoulders, fatigue, etc. Hence, it is a great stretching exercise for the hamstring.
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Rujuta Diwekar also addressed some FAQs around stretching. Take a look at it yourself!
Introduce these into your existing routine once a day.
Yes, you can increase up to 10.
Do as much as you can for now. Start small, build it up over a period of time.
If it pains in a way that brings relief to the stiff muscles, it is okay. However, if it hurts post the stretch too then avoid for now.
If it’s a small meal, like a fruit, then 15 minutes. For a full meal, keep about an hour.
6. Can I do these stretches as warm up and cool down stretches for my workout?
Yes you can.
7. Can we do these stretches during periods or pregnancy?
Yes, they are safe to do doing periods. Safe during pregnancy too. You can stretch in periods or pregnancy or post pregnancy
8. Is it okay to do these stretches at night before going to sleep?
If that’s the only time you have to do them, then yes.
9. I am recovering from Covid-19. Can I do these stretches?
Yes you can. Ensure you are well hydrated.
10. I get muscle cramps while doing the stretches. What to do?
Stop doing it, wait for a minute, sip some water and try again.