Improve your life, take time to Stretch!
In the morning: After laying still for 8ish hours, your body is not immediately ready to tackle the day. This doesn’t need to be a huge task, a few simple minutes will do just fine. Performing stretches first thing will encourage improved posture throughout the day when you inevitably end up sitting in front of a computer.
At Work: No excuses! Unleash the power of the mid-day stretch routine. Many of us are stuck in a stationary physical position throughout most of the day. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours has become the norm and it is aking a toll on our bodies. Stetching in the morning will help loosen your muscles BUT it is a great idea to schedule walking and stretch break throughout the day. No one knows this better than those who drive for a living. My friend over at a limo service explained to me its all about making the right choices. Take his job as a limo driver for example, he spend hours driving clients from location to location stuck in the drivers chair, but has some downtime in between. The average driver will usually sit in the vehicle, maybe read or listen to a podcast. My friend makes a point of getting out of his vehicle and doing a series of stretches to loosen up his hip flexors.
A simple google search for how to stretch your hip flexors will get you started. Consider sitting in the same position all day like putting a cast of your body. If you limit your body to the little amount of movement and function throughout your day it will atrophy and manifest into all sorts of problems down the line. If someone who is stuck in a car all day can find time to make it happen, you can too!
The daily wind down has become more of a challenge then ever in 2015. The amount of information we consume daily is staggering and it is constantly tempting us via our smartphones. Begin you nightly wind down by reducing the brightness on any screen you are using if you absolutely need to be plugged in.
Employers are expecting more and more of their employees homelife as email is literally in your pocket. Make a rule to no longer check any emails after a certain time and begin your wind down. Most importantly use a series of stretches that focus on your hips and releasing tension from the neck area. I promise you, you will find an improvement in your sleep quality and overall well being.