Want to be more flexible? Try this 5-minute daily stretching routine

If you’ve ever noticed how hard it is to perform everyday tasks when you’re feeling stiff, you know that flexibility is definitely worth the time. Slowing down and showing our muscles some love is also a great self-care activity that boosts our mental health. And while stretching isn’t a big calorie burner, some experts say that incorporating stretching into your fitness routine can help you lose weight. And did I mention that stretching feels good? Win-win.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time stretching to feel the results. Starting with just five minutes a day is great! I’ve created a 5-minute daily stretching routine to help you make stretching a habit.

1. Cand cow

Get on all fours with hands under shoulders and knees under hips. Arch your back and press your chin to your chest, then return to starting position. Repeat 7 times.

2. Bridge stretch

Lie on a hard surface with knees bent. Raise your pelvis, leaning on your shoulders and the back of your head, and hold this position for 10 seconds, then slowly lower down. Repeat 7 times.

3. Back extension stretch

Lie on your stomach and stretch your arms along your body with your palms up. At the same time, lift your shoulders and legs and stretch your arms back. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax and lower down to the floor. Repeat 7 times.

4. Stretching the back muscles

Lie on your back. Bend your left leg at the knee and pull it toward your chest with your hands. Freeze for 10 seconds, then repeat with the right leg. Then pull both legs toward your chest and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

5. Sitting stretch

Sit on a chair with a backrest, grasp the backrest with both hands and slowly lean forward as far as possible. Return to starting position. Repeat 5 times. This exercise can also be done in the office and is especially useful for those with a sedentary lifestyle.

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