After a long day at work, caring for your children, or running errands all over town, stretching is probably the last thing on your mind when you get home and finally settle in for the night. Even though it may seem tedious (and down right painful to do sometimes), getting some extra “flexy time” at night is one of the best ways to prepare your body to tackle tomorrow and to help eliminate some stress from the day.
Here are 3 stretches you can do from the comfort of your living room while winding down for the night in front of your favorite sitcom, watching the game, or reading a book.
Babies are amazing little creatures and their range of motion and flexibility are incredible to see. Their hip mobility is something we should all strive for and the Happy Baby Stretch or Ananda Balasana Pose is one technique we can use to help get our hips back open and flexy again. You can do this stretch while lying on the floor watching television. Hold the stretch for a few minutes each night and you’ll see improvement to your hip mobility and see a reduction in back tightness and soreness.
The Couch Stretch is very appropriately named because it is performed on or against your couch at home. If you’ve been running, squatting, jumping, or lunging, the couch stretch will help keep you moving throughout the week by targeting most of the muscles you worked in those movements. Mobility guru, Kelly Starrett, is a big fan of the couch stretch and has made several videos demonstrating modifications for the stretch. Also, check out wwwNanoWorkout.com for more fun images (like this one below!) and exercises you can do from your couch!
Using Furniture to Improve Your Hip Mobility (Think: Improved Squatting!)
When you are winding down for the night and have finished the couch stretch, continue hanging around in the living room, but try some additional Hip Mobility Exercises using the couch, a chair, or an ottoman.
Hopefully, you have found this information useful and you will begin to incorporate these stretches into your pre-bedtime routine. You’ll see benefits such as improved mobility and decreased back pain in as little as 5-10 minutes per day. Happy stretchy and thanks for reading!