Molly’s FitBit: Stretch Daily

This inaugural FitBit deals with one of the less glamourous aspects of fitness:

Stretching. Stretch Daily! - Diary of a Formerly Fat Girl

Often forgotten or skipped over because of a time crunch, a good thorough stretch has a way of slipping out of our fitness routines.

“Oh, well, 30 seconds is long enough”, “Stretching doesn’t make a difference anyway”, or “It doesn’t burn calories, so why waste my time?” are all inaccurate, bad-news tropes I’ve heard about stretching. Worse yet is the feminization of stretching; the bizarre belief that for some reason men don’t need to stretch, and that it’s an all together girly thing to worry about.

It’s wrong, and it’s stupid. As I tell my male friends, if Sidney Crosby and Reggie Bush take the time to stretch, it’s probably not that girly. Stretching not only feels faaabulous, but it aids in all-over fitness, muscle development, and muscle strength. Stretching helps you go deeper into your squats, your lunges, your shoulder presses. It aids the recovery of sore muscles and helps to prevent injuries.

In short, it’s important.

Which is why you should do it every day. Every. Single. Day. Not just on days that you work out– don’t forget about those off days. Take 15 minutes every day, and set them aside for a good stretch.

And don’t tell me you don’t have 15 minutes. If you have time to watch Season 4 of Downton Abbey, you have time to stretch. You can even do it in front of the TV!

Go on, get stretching.