Sunday, March 27, 2011


Stretching is a great way to 'become young' again.  You become more flexible and, best of all, more pain-free.  Above is a picture of my current favorite Stretch Workout DVD.  It is very relaxing, and very do-able.  There are NO Yoga moves in this routine.

One of the best features of this DVD is that there are 3 options for workout length.  The first is a standing routine that is only 10 minutes long.  This is great for when you don't have a lot of time.  There is also a 45-minute floor routine that can be done alone, or combined with the standing stretch for a third option.

Karen Voight has a very mellow, encouraging voice that does not detract from your concentration on the moves.  She allows enough time to relax into the stretch, and there is ample opportunity to vary the intensity of the stretches. 

If you remember to stretch a little every day, you will be able to keep your flexibility and to move without stiffness.  If you have lost flexibility, stretching is a great way to regain this ability.  Just start out slowly and work up to it by stretching a little further every day.

Moving in a fluid manner, rather than stiffly, will add to a more youthful appearance.  You will also feel more able to engage in other physical activities, which will bring more energy into your life.  Best of all, you will feel better.

If you are looking for a good stretch workout, but wish to avoid Yoga, this is a great alternative.

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