Healthy 2011 - A Simple Stretch
I came across Juli Vosmik's new group, Healthy 2011, and had to jump on board. Juli is always coming up with great ideas.
Anyway, following the guidelines for Healthy 2011, I immediately thought of something I just HAVE to do every time I take a walk.
Ever lay in bed at night and your legs tingle, especially below the knees? Maybe they feel like they're slightly cramping? I can get that way after taking a longer walk or bike ride than usual.
There's a simple way (at least for me) to avoid that cramping.
About half way through my walk, and perhaps at the end as well, I find something I can brace myself upon.
A telephone pole can work, curb, door stoop, stairs... Something that's about 4 inches high for a great right angle.
I keep my heel on the ground, and brace my toes on the elevated piece. Keeping my legs straight, I then lean forward, or pull myself forward, until it pulls just a bit and hold for 30 seconds.
It really stretches everything out and after that, I feel much better again!
Here are two different videos from YouTube that might help you to better visualize this helpful stretch.
Taking a walk is simple, easy exerise that's good for you. A simple stretch can keep you walking longer and happier!