Midweek Motivation | Stretching Out

Anyone who works out or does any kind of sports or exercise knows how important it is to stretch. But how many of us actually do it?? Nah.

I would never stretch after working out, mainly due to laziness, wanting to get the hell outta there as soon as I was done and also kinda out of embarrassment that I can’t touch my toes (really, I can’t).

But – a little tip. I spent a bit of time looking up some yoga poses and also some cheerleading stretching (I used to cheer for my uni) and have began working towards these. By giving myself a challenge I have not got really into my stretching after every workout. Some of the poses are actually a workout in themselves!

Below is me working towards my ‘Scorpion’, a cheer shape which is a lot harder than it looks! It’s actually really hard work and I work up a proper sweat practising it! I started on the floor first trying to touch my head with my feet, then moved on to holding onto the wall, then once my balance and core strength improved I moved onto free standing and using a resistance band. As you can see I can’t quite hold my foot in my hand yet!! But I’m determined to get there.

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 This one is the more commonly known ‘warrior’ pose from yoga. This one is hard work too, but I always try and do it in the morning as it gives your body a certain stillness and focus as well as testing your balance and core. I have put this picture up because Zakynthos is much prettier than my gym in London!

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What is your favourite stretch?

xox

17 Comments

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Yeah it is super relaxing ☺️ thanks for reading x

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Haha it’s such a struggle! Thanks for reading x

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Oh yeah if I don’t stretch the pains the next day are next level! X

  1. Stephanie September 14, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Waaaaah, you so flexi! I’m so stiff since I stopped dancing! You’ve definitely given me some inspiration to start stretching again!

    Stephanie // http://www.stephiebeau.com

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Haha thanks, maybe that way but still can’t touch my toes 😂 thanks for reading x

  2. itsbeccajayne September 14, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    This has given me major motivation to go to the gym! Great post lovely X

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Hehe great news ! Have fun. Thanks for reading x

    • Jessica Emily September 14, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      It’s so difficult to motivate yourself to do it after a workout – I feel ya! It’s helped me a lot with after workout pains x

  3. Vanisha September 15, 2016 / 8:40 am

    Oh there really is nothing like a good stretch, so satisfying! I’m a yogi myself x

  4. Little Sunshine October 3, 2016 / 10:34 am

    Oh yes the warrior pose is no easy one. I, myself am working on that one…I might be as far as you are – it takes a lot of work. But still my favorite stretch is either the splits or the dancers pose (it´s easier than the warrior pose and it feels incredible!)
    Btw. I just followed you and am looking forward to more wonderful posts!!! XO

    • Jessica Emily October 3, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you for the follow! Haha I’m still a long way off from the splits! X

      • Little Sunshine October 6, 2016 / 4:00 pm

        Nothing to thank for:-) I´m thankful for your blog!
        Practice makes perfect;-) It took me just a few months of disciplined practice (only 10 min a day). I have a post on that;-) Just if you´re interested!

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