Stretching is important part of an exercise routine as well as an important part of an everyday living routine. It is important to stretch always, not just when the weather is snowy and cold during winter months. Stretch daily. Yoga or Pilates have become popular among many people lately–stretching long and tall is the trend for physical fitness. One can, however, easily stretch at home. This article will try to inspire one to stretch the body while sipping lemon water to refresh the body. Especially, after the Thanksgiving day with all the grateful feasting it is a good idea to stretch the body and sip lemon/lime water.
Here is a workout that combines floor exercises that sculpt small muscle groups to create a long and lean physique. This is an ab exercise with a twist: Stretch both legs out long on the mat and pull the stomach in tight. Lift the right leg and left arm and twist the upper body to the right. Lower and lift the upper body keeping the right leg lifted with the stomach pulled in. Repeat 2 sets of 8.
A good exercise for the buttocks and for a strong foundation is sometimes called the Extended Bridge: Slightly extending your legs in a classic bridge really targets the hamstrings and backs of the legs. Lay down on your back with face up and walk your feet out a bit. Lift up onto your toes. Keeping your legs tight together, pull in your stomach and lift your hips off the floor. Try 4 sets of 8.
Reverse Bridge on one leg: Begin lying down on your stomach on a mat with the legs stretched long. Pull in through the stomach and bend one knee. Lift the knee off the floor as you squeeze through the butt. Lower and lift for 4 sets of 8. Change sides.
One exercise for the legs is a favorite leg lift with your hands placed on the back of a chair or simply in the middle of the room to boost your balance and strengthen your core. Do these leg lifts: Begin standing on the right leg with the left leg back. Pull in through the stomach and open long through the chest. Bend the standing (right) knee and extend the left leg straight back into arabesque. Lower the arms and lift the left leg into the air as you stretch the right knee and lift the arms. Keep the abs engaged and be careful not to arch the back. Lower and repeat for 1 to 2 sets of 8. Change sides.
Another good stretch is a classic inner thigh lift: Lie on your right side with your right leg extended. Bend your left knee and place your foot behind your right knee. Keeping your right leg straight, raise and lower your right leg up and down. Try 4 sets of 8; change sides.
Remember to keep hydrated, so while you are stretching a good idea for beautiful health and fitness is to sip on a water lemon drink that may help detox the body simultaneously. Lemons and limes have amazing health benefits. Here is a recipe for a popular detox beverage. Lemons are often viewed as an amazing wonder food. Lemons are good for your skin and help clean your system from the inside out. One well practiced lemon drink cleanser is called the Master Cleanser. Unlike the Master Cleanser, though, you just sip this recipe lemon/lime water routinely to add zest to your daily water consumption. No fasting involved: Drink this drink while you stretch. Here is the recipe:
Slice the lemon and lime, and add to a pitcher. Top with water. If you like, add a touch of maple syrup and a dash of cayenne pepper. Drink up! Ah, the freshness! So good for your body and it is good to stay hydrated in the winter months while the indoor heating systems tend to dry out the skin and body.
Posture is so important, really! So remember to stand tall, hold-in the stomach and pull-back the shoulders. Try to walk around the room while balancing a book on your head–this is a good posture exercise. Stretching helps improve posture and sipping lemon/lime water helps hydrate the body. Try it, you may like it!