Article Summary: The linked below Men’s Health article “This Man Stretched 10 Minutes a Day for a Month. Here’s What Happened.”, follows a fitness transformation that started with just 10 simple minutes of mobility.
After being plagued by a hip injury from weightlifting, Michael Easter sought pain relief from an expert.
“Everyone has imbalances and mobility restrictions. We sit too much and don’t put our bodies into enough different positions,” says stretching expert, Doug Kechijian, D.P.T., of Resilient Performance Physical Therapy in New York City.
The solution from the expert? A daily routine of mobility poses as a workout warmup on gym days and home exercise on other days. Easter felt immediate relief and kept up the routine for 30 days.
His pain is now “a memory” and being more limber helped with better form and to build new muscles.
Shane’s Take: Stretching is not a one-off thing because you feel sore one morning or have a tight muscle. It needs to be a routine, even daily. Your body likes routine. This guy only stretched for 10 minutes a day and has solved a nagging, chronic injury.
Where We Come In: Imagine what 30- or 60-minutes of guided stretch-mobility sessions could do for you in addition to injury recovery:
- Elongate muscles to straighten out imbalances
- Increase blood flow
- Decrease inflammation
- Better posture
These aren’t weightlifter benefits. They are every day life benefits.
If sitting at a desk all day is your “norm”, stretching once a week won’t make a difference to your body. You must make stretching your “new norm”, then you will see the changes of a balanced body.