Don’t Just Strengthen, Lengthen, Too
It doesn’t matter if you’re a walker, runner, hiker, cyclist or dabble in something more extreme like rock climbing—the muscles you work to support your favorite activities get tight, often pulling other areas of the body out of their optimal positions. Enter muscle lengthening. By lengthening, you’re improving posture, preventing injury, and often, alleviating pain, says Nancy Byrd Radding, fitness director at The Oaks at Ojai.
Designed by Radding, this stretching series targets some of the most important muscle groups to lengthen. “Stretching is less about reps, and more about hold,” she says. “I recommend stretching daily for 10 minutes.”
For the following, do each stretch one time and hold for around 30 seconds.