I’ve Been Stretching 10 Mins for 30 Days, and Here’s How My Body’s Changed

I’ve Been Stretching 10 Mins for 30 Days, and Here’s How My Body’s Changed

To be honest, going to the gym has never been
my thing. But when I got older, I realized the need for at least some sort of physical
activity to benefit my health. That’s why I decided to try stretching for 10 minutes
every day for a month. I was shocked by the changes that happened to me! Just like most of us, I have to spend a lot
of time sitting at my desk at work. It’s no wonder I experience back pain quite often.
But I didn’t have the time (or the desire, eh) for a full workout. Before starting my
experiment, I did some research online and found out that stretching makes the muscles
stronger, prevents muscle strain, and minimizes back spasms. That turned out to be spot on!
After a month of doing some simple stretching exercises, my back feels less stiff and my
muscles have become more flexible. Now even after a long workday, I don’t feel any pain
and the knots in my shoulder have disappeared. But that’s just the beginning! Back pain wasn’t the only problem I got
rid of. You see, I have a rather jam-packed, hectic schedule trying to balance my work
and personal life. As you already know, it’s not easy. It caused a lot of tension to build
up inside throughout the day, and when it was time to sleep, I was tossing and turning,
not able to shut off my busy mind. When I woke up, I already felt tired. I used to try
different things to get better sleep, like drinking chamomile tea before bed, but it
didn’t help much. Shortly after I started following my stretching routine, I noticed
that it took me less time to fall asleep and I felt much more refreshed in the morning.
It was because stretching promotes relaxation and prevents sleep-disrupting cramps. Who
knew that stretching would help me catch some much-needed snooze time! Because the quality of my sleep was better,
I also started to feel more energized throughout the day. Before, it was really difficult for
me to stay awake during my long workday and after lunch. I felt so heavy-eyed that all
I could think of was where to find a place to take a nap and not to be caught by my boss.
But stretching helped me fight that midafternoon drowsiness by increasing my energy and productivity.
I became more focused and it took me less time to finish tasks. On top of that, after
work, I no longer felt dead tired like I used to. My evenings even became more interesting
as I replaced watching TV on the couch with spending more time with my family and friends
or taking nice walks, enjoying the night city. Not feeling sluggish is so great, let me tell
ya! As I’ve already mentioned, I did some research
online to find out what the benefits of stretching are. I found two interesting studies. One
of them was done back in 2011, and it showed how stretching can lower glucose levels. And
according to Japanese scientists, poor flexibility is connected with arterial stiffening that
leads to high blood pressure. That means that stretching naturally lowers high blood pressure,
reducing your level of bad cholesterol. High blood pressure causes arteries to stretch
too far and form minor tears. Cholesterol usually builds up in those small tears. Frankly
speaking, I didn’t care much about my health before. My sedentary lifestyle and bad eating
habits lead to my high cholesterol and sugar levels. So imagine how surprised I was when
I got my bloodwork back a few days ago, and my doctor told me that my numbers were starting
to go down! He knew that I had started a stretching routine and told me to keep doing it. You’ve probably heard that stretching can
also improve your coordination. Well, I never noticed any problems with that considering
a perfect sense of balance isn’t something you really need if you sit in a chair all
day. But, to be honest, I’ve always been a bit clumsy. I often bumped into furniture
and tripped over my own feet. Small objects like a coffee mug seemed to just slip out
of my hands for no reason. Can any of you relate to that? If yes, then you know how
annoying it is! Anyways, after a month of stretching, I’ve noticed that I have become
way less clumsy. I don’t know, maybe it’s in my head, but I swear I have no more random
bruises on my legs. And I feel like I’m not dropping stuff nearly as much. Hey, ya
know what? Maybe I’ll start taking some dance classes now that I don’t feel like
a bull in a china shop anymore! When you slouch at your desk all day like
me, you probably know what a tension headache is. It feels like a tight band around your
forehead. I used to get them all the time – I even kept a bottle of Ibuprofen in my
desk, that’s how often! My doctor explained to me that tension headaches are caused by
muscle contractions in the head and neck. Some people get them after staring at a computer
screen or driving for long periods of time. In my case, it was both. It usually takes
me about an hour to get to work, depending on traffic. But stretching has improved my
posture, which takes extra stress away from my head, neck, and shoulder muscles. So whenever
I feel a headache creeping up on me, I just start doing some exercises at my desk and
it saves me from the pain. No need for any medicine! As I already mentioned, my diet is far from
perfect. And to be honest, I often overeat, which equals constant bloating and discomfort
in my stomach. Even though I now try to choose more healthy foods, it takes time to change
your eating habits. But it turns out that doing regular stretches can even improve your
digestive health! Yeah, it helps the muscles in your stomach and intestines that push food
through your system. Not to mention, bending my body in different positions increases blood
flow to the bowels, reducing inflammation and gastritis. After incorporating stretching
into my daily routine, my bloating is gone and I just feel lighter. And as a bonus, I
lost a few extra pounds by being more active than usual. Win-win! Remember that my life is pretty hectic? I
have to juggle a lot of commitments, and my job is pretty stressful because it involves
different deadlines, urgent meetings and so on. And when you’re stressed, your body
reacts by building up tension in the muscles. Obviously, if you get rid of that tension,
you’ll feel calmer. This is exactly what happened to me thanks to stretching. I have
clarity of mind and I don’t waste time or energy anymore on annoying thoughts that make
me feel anxious. I feel more present in the moment without dwelling on the past or worrying
about the future. Yeah, it’s pretty nice! If you’re as impressed as I am with the
changes my body went through during the last month, then I’ll share with you what my
stretching routine looks like. At first, I didn’t know where to start, but I was able
to narrow it down to 5 simple exercises. I usually do them in the morning because it
really helps me wake up. So, the first one is a hurdle stretch. To
perform this one, I sit on the floor and extend my right leg fully to the side. Then I bend
my left leg so that my left foot is on my right inner thigh. I bend to my right side
while grabbing my right foot with both hands. After staying in this position for 60 seconds,
I switch sides. The next one has a funny name – frog pose.
I sit on the floor with my feet below my buttocks and my knees wide apart. Then I raise my bum
and put my hands on the floor as far out as possible while keeping my knees on the ground.
I try to make the space between my knees wider, feeling the stretch of my inner thighs. I
stay in this position for 2 minutes. Next, I usually switch to cobra pose by lying
down on my stomach and stretching my legs back. Then I lift my upper body off the floor
using my arms. I hold this pose for 2 minutes, making sure my elbows are straightened to
the max. Then goes downward-facing dog pose. I put
my body in the position of an inverted letter “V” by putting my hands and feet on the
floor. I keep them shoulder-width apart and straight and stay like that for 2 minutes. And the last one is a seated spinal twist.
I sit down on the floor extending both legs in front of me. Next, I bend my left knee
and put my right elbow on it. My left hand goes on the floor behind my back. Then I twist
my midsection as if I’m trying to look over my left shoulder. I hold it for 1 minute,
then switch sides and repeat it. As you can see, all those stretches are really
simple and don’t take up much of your time! So, give them a try, and let me know how it
goes! And if you have any other ways of staying
physically active, leave them down in the comments too! Remember to give this video
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100 Replies to “I’ve Been Stretching 10 Mins for 30 Days, and Here’s How My Body’s Changed”

  1. As far as Im informed the arms are not supposed to be straightened to the maximum in cobra but only in upward dog pose. Take care of your backs guys.

  2. Try some beginner yoga, take a 30 day challenge ( i did it in 40 days lol), and you will be amazed, make it easily accesible. I have a yoga mat ready all day. I just don't like watching t.v. doing yoga instead.

  3. Is there a reason you are avoiding the word yoga? This โ€œstretchingโ€ routine is a pretty standard yoga routine. I bring this up because 1) you seem to have experienced some of the benefits that are greater than just stretching, like presence and less stress. Also, 2) there is a lot of cultural appropriation in yoga and I think itโ€™s important to acknowledge the practice of yoga and the roots of these stretches.
    So glad it has helped you! Rock on. Namaste.

  4. All these stretches in Surya namaskar it self, It's called Yoga. Anyway nice way to introduce Yoga differently.

  5. I enjoy stretching. I discovered yoga and Pilates a few years ago and I love it. It has made the world of difference in my flexibility and my mobility.

  6. Hey, Bright Side just wondered, have you guys got any idea about a YouTube channel which is called โ€œ olumlu bak โ€œ that is exactly copying your videos in Turkishยฟ

  7. Excellent and definitely going to start doing this….thanks for the 5 basic picks ! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š

  8. and what if this simple stretching routine is too difficult for me?
    i can't do anything from this video properly…

  9. Is that you . I have always wished to see you people . Idk why I really want to see all the bright side group people

  10. the 2. never do this — the knees and lumbar spine –
    The 1. – never touch the toes with a round back
    PLEASE – never learn to stretch so .. it ist horrible ๐Ÿ˜€ and completley wrong..
    Damage the vertebrae ..
    here is NO realy NO basic knowledge.

  11. I clicked because that was the scariest thumbnail I've seen today… next to a real wrinkly baby. Thanks.

  12. Why are you saying stretching which it is you're showing yoga I guess not to alienate people who think yoga is too advanced nvm lol

  13. I stretch in the morning before I get out of bed. The mussels in my body are tight and need to be relaxed before I get up . I believe exercising will help loose weight better than stretching so I do both and have no choice thank

  14. HI your not clumsy. Your just tired. Must sleep more. And you will find that you will not bump into anythingl

  15. Since I studied anatomy & yoga a few years ago I have designed my own 1.5 of stretching. I feel awesome afterwards!!!!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  16. It looks easy but the cobra and v is difficult for me to maintain for 2 minutes and I have pains on thigh and abdomen.

  17. to hold cobra pose and downdog for 2 minutes is not as easy as you think, guys. Especially when you've never done yoga at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Itโ€™s stressful to listen to the voice here..talking too fast. This doesnโ€™t seem to be a good morning stimulant.

  19. i've been doing various exercises/stretches/yoga before work and i can only do about 5 pushups… after work i was able to do 12. maybe i should stretch in the am and exercise after work

  20. Hey I am unable to the first one My hands don't reach my foot. My leg muscles hurt. How to make it possible?

  21. All 5 are Yoga poses. Why dont u give credit to it by mentioning it? Odd!! Say thanks to hindus for bringing yoga into ur life!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I just simply started stretching because I wanted to be flexible,I can do the splits but after I watched this video I just realized the benefits of stretching,And I experience all the side effects!

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