This week's Five minute Friday prompt is 'Stretch.'
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Alright, stretch a little higher. Expand those abs. Nice deep breath and relax.
My twelve year old daughter and I began a daily strength and stretch exercise program. Well it isn’t really a program because we are using a variety of dvds, but we do have a regular time and we are trying to be committed. My favorite of the ones we are using is called “Classical Stretch” with Miranda Esmonde-White which my friend Mindy told me about. Within three days of regular stretch and ab work, I noticed a significant improvement in my mobility. It was great to be able to move more fluidly again and my racquetball game improved as well.
I remembered back to my earlier days when I realized the importance of daily stretching. Why I got away from it, I am not really sure - laziness probably. I let myself get out of the habit and getting back into the habit is oh so difficult.
I was awakened again to the importance of stretching when I had to struggle through the pain of some herniated disks in my back. I learned how stretching my pectoral muscles helped to alleviate pain in my back and neck and made me feel so much better.
5 minutes done.
I have learned for myself not to forgo the stretching and strengthening of my core, physically and spiritually. I have experienced personally the slow deterioration, stiffening, and suffering that result. I also know that returning to the discipline of regular stretching and strengthening, little by little, reverses the decline, rejuvenates mobility, and reduces pain.
All in all a reason to delight.