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Stretch to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays are a fun and exciting time filled with plenty of stress. This stress could lead to a number of health problems. Stress is one dangerous heath concern that gradually sneaks up on people. One way to cope with stress is through exercise. It is a pleasant experience to practice a few stretching exercises in the comfort of your home or outdoors as weather permits. The stretching helps to invigorate the body and renews energy. Thus, preparing the body to easily adapt to any type of holiday stress.

Stretching Basics
Always assume the stretching position properly. Pay attention to how the body feels while practicing the stretch. Never force your body into the movements. Stretch slowly. You should feel gentle tension. Stop if you feel any type of pain. This is a sign that you are stretching too far and might injure your muscles. Start slowly and increase the time that the movements are held. Concentrate on breathing normally and as naturally as possible while performing the stretches. Let your mind relax and feel the tension in the body evaporating with every move.

Gentle Arm Stretch
Stand and stretch your arms over your head and backwards. Hold the position for several seconds. Breathe normally. Return to the beginning position. Repeat the exercise several times.

Rear Arm Stretch
Stand and stretch hands backward to ward the hips. Palms held in upward position. Gently lift arms upward and hold for several seconds. Return to the starting position. Repeat.

Floor Stretch
Perform this stretch on the floor. Lie down on the back with the legs bent. Feet flat on the floor. Next, gently lift knees toward the chest and hold for several seconds. Return to the starting position. Repeat.

Kneeling Stretch
Perform the exercise on the floor. Kneel with arms over your head, face down and palms pressing against the floor. Breathe normally. Hold position for several seconds. Return to starting position. Repeat.

Full Body Stretch
Perform the exercise on the floor. Relax on your back. Stretch arms over head with palm ups gently reaching stretching. Stretch feet outward pressing toes forward. Spine should be pressed against the floor. Stretch for several seconds and relax. Repeat.

Tips:
Practice the stretches daily. Start out holding the stretches for about ten to fifteen seconds. Work up to holding the positions for a full minute.

Online Source:
Stretching/Flexibility
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/MY00396/DSECTION=stretching-and-flexibility

Stretching Exercises
http://www.stress-relief-exercises.com/stretching-exercise.html


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