Just 10 Minutes of Stretching Can Change Your Body

Just 10 Minutes of Stretching Can Change Your Body
Just 10 Minutes of Stretching Can Change Your Body

Flexibility is an often-overlooked health goal that can change your body, mind, and mood. With just 10 minutes a day, you’ll have better posture, more confidence, renewed energy, and you’ll notice a big improvement in your range of motion.

Try these moves for a simple but effective routine:

1. Take a stand. Chances are you sit a lot. Tight glutes can lead to pain in surprising places like your lower back and even your knees. The fix: Lie on your back and bend your knees, feet flat on the floor. Cross your right leg, resting your foot on your left knee. Reach your hands behind your left leg and pull your knees towards your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

2. Twist and shout. A sore back can impact the rest of your body and make even the smallest task painful. The fix: Sit with your legs extended. Bend and cross your right leg over your left thigh. Put your left elbow on the outside of your right knee, put your left hand on the floor, and gaze over your right shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

3. Find balance. Quads can tighten up pretty quickly. A balancing stretch can highlight the difference between your right and left sides and show you where you need a bit more work. The fix: Stand on your left foot (with your hand on a chair for balance if necessary), pulling your right foot towards your butt, tilting your pelvis forward for an even deeper stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.