Let’s face it: stretching is boring. I’m an impatient person, and I used to hate stretching. I don’t like it now; I still view it as a bit of a chore, but I have come to appreciate it for a few reasons:
- Stretching is kind of like meditation. It’s mindless and can be a good unwind. How often during the day do you get to just think. Toothbrushing, earwax removal, and showering are pretty much it, aside from stretching.
- Like having a beer when you get home from work, stretching is relaxing. It reduces muscle tension and stimulates blood flow to your muscles. Lots of stretches also require some amount of exercise (think Yoga), which of course stimulates the release of endorphins, making you happy.
- Multitasking: you can watch TV, ride an elevator, or sit in a class while stretching.
If you’re going to resolve joint dysfunction (including spine dysfunction), you must incorporate stretching as a rehabilitative tool. In the average deskjockey, the following structures are tight and should be routinely stretched to regain normal biomechanics:
Originally Posted: 4/7/2008