These are stressful times that we live in...but you knew that already. Frustration at being distanced from friends and being confined to the house with shreds of physical contact with the outside world have left us annoyed, restless and fatigued. Add to that the uncertainty the Coronavirus has brought to food supplies, finances, job security and health. It's no wonder that most of the world is facing some kind of stress or the other right now.
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Do you know what could help you? Getting up and moving. According to Kelvin Gary of Body Space Fitness, being glued to the computer screen all day could negatively affect one's physical and mental health to a great extent. Isn't that what we're doing right now? To make up for it, he recommends a few simple and effective stretches to try for yourself when isolating at home.
Exercise Stretches To Beat Stress When You're At Home
1. Stretching Is Amazing
Stretching doesn't only feel good but also provides the body with numerous benefits. While it can help the posture and spine, it will also help your body balance itself better and improve your physical awareness of your body.
2. Breathe Well
Breathing correctly is a great way to make the most of your stretches. Kelvin recommends 5 long inhales and exhales when you hold a stretch. Do so by counting to 5 when breathing in and backwards to 1 when you are breathing out. This allows you to sustain the stretch and hold it for an adequate count to feel actual benefits.
3. Stretch Right For Relief
Board-certified clinical specialist Karen Wu recommends static practices that involve guiding the muscle to its peak point and then holding it in place for an extended amount of time. Besides putting the mind at ease, they can help with emotional stress too.