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.


 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!


What is your favourite stretch?



    • 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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