Simple Stretches to Keep You Going

It’s no surprise that I’m always on the go. It’s the lifestyle of any busy mama who’s hustling hard in all areas of her life. Looking back at summer, I realized that I’ve been on the go whether it was for work, family vacations, and even daily life. On top of keeping up with the demands of a busy life on the go, exercise can be hard on the body and throw off both our physical alignment and our mental alignment. It’s so important that we take the time to stretch and recover. So I’ve teamed up with Puma Women to share some of my favorite and quick stretches that can keep you going ForeverFierce in your "on the go" life.

 

Here are some simple stretches you can do without any equipment anywhere you go:

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Side bends

  1. Stand firmly on the ground, feet aligned shoulder-width apart.
  2. Raise both hands to the sky and bend to the right side. If you feel yourself losing balance, release one arm to your side.
  3. Make sure that your hips are facing forward for proper alignment.
  4. Hold for 10 - 15 seconds and switch sides.
  5. Repeat if necessary.
Standing Quad Stretch

Standing Quad Stretch

Standing Quad Stretch

  1. Find a wall for balance.
  2. Grab your right foot with your right hand and bring the foot toward your glutes.
  3. Make sure that your hips are facing forward for proper alignment.
  4. To deepen the stretch, raise your legs to stretch your hips.
  5. Hold for 10 - 15 seconds and switch sides.
  6. Repeat if necessary.

Standing Hamstring Stretch

  1. Step right foot forward, raise the toes, and slightly bend the other knee.
  2. To deepen the stretch, try to touch your toes.
  3. Hold stretch for 10-15 seconds and switch sides.
  4. Repeat 3 times.

To take it deeper, here are a few other ones that are great to ease the hips and hamstrings. I spend a lot of time at a desk, so these are perfect for releasing any tension in the back and for hip health. The Psoas muscle is your deep hip flexor a muscle that is often neglected and used daily in our lives. It connects the femur (thigh bone) directly into the lumbar vertebrae (low back vertebrae).  By stretching this muscle, you will relieve the tension in the lower back, which is a common side effect or symptom that most people feel when overworked.

Deep Quad Stretch

  1. Lay face down, hips aligned; take your right hand, grab your foot, and pull your foot toward your glutes.
  2. To deepen the stretch, lift the hips just 1inch off your mat or the ground.
  3. Hold stretch for 10-15 seconds and switch sides.

Hip Flexor Stretch

  1. Start in a kneeling position and bend your right leg forward, left leg back slightly past 90 degrees.
  2. Raise your right arm to the sky and bend over to the left; hold for 10-15 seconds.
  3. To deepen the stretch, rotate your body to the left. (Only rotate if it’s comfortable for you; if you begin to feel pain, rotate forward to step 2).
  4. Repeat 3 times and switch sides.

The greatest thing I’ve learned about myself in my fitness journey is that balance is key. You can go hard at any goal in life, whether it’s fitness, family life, and even your professional life. But when you do, there’s a cost to pay and sometimes things will shift out of alignment. It’s important to be intentional and to remember that in order to stay #ForeverFierce in all areas in life, you have to make time to stretch and grow.

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For me staying Forever Fierce means that we’re living life at full stride no what the goals or dreams are. What does being #ForeverFierce mean to you? Show me your 3 fiercest looks in and out of the gym and share using #ForeverFierce


This post was sponsored by PUMA through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about PUMA, all opinions are my own. 

Joanne E

I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and married to a man who completes me. I started my fitness journey as a way to heal my soul and launched my blog in hopes to continue to inspire and empower women to use fitness as a tool to heal depression and find their self worth. I strongly believe that each woman deserves to be in love with herself just as much as her man does. I have an obsession with reusable water bottles, I enjoy action movies, and I’m in love with burpees.