Wellness Tip ~ Stretch it Out

When you sit too much and don’t move around, the muscles in your hips, legs, and calves get tighter. This lack of flexibility can increase your risk of strains and other injuries, and add difficulty to everyday movements like reaching a high shelf, twisting to look behind you in the car, raising your arms overhead, walking up stairs, or squatting or bending to pick up something. The main trouble spots for people are the hips, legs, low back, and shoulders and chest. Stretching is the best way to improve flexibility. “You should stretch every day,” says Dr. Elson. “It should be like brushing your teeth. Stretch after a workout or walk, after a hot shower, or as a break from a long period of sitting.”

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