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I’ve never been one to pride myself in my flexibility. In fact, for most of my life I haven’t been able to even touch my toes. I remember dreading that P.E. sit-and-reach test, the one where everybody formed a line and watched as I publicly humiliated myself in a feeble attempt to just reach the box. C’mon 14 year old gangly legs!
As the years passed, my flexibility never got any better. Funny how that works- you don’t actually get better at something unless you make the effort. Then I started CrossFit and initially I felt my flexibility getting WORSE. All those deadlifts and squats put so much tension in my hamstrings, glutes and quads. I’m going to be 32 in a few days, but after some workouts I felt more like 72. This year I’ve been vigilant about mobilizing, mostly because my body went into rebellion. Thank you, patellar tendonitis.
Like most moms, I don’t have oodles of time, so I knew that I needed to build mobility into my routine. You know what this mama of three is doing on repeat? Laundry. So. Much. Laundry. I know that I have 3 children, but my laundry baskets have led me to believe that I have 9. I decided that laundry time has become my mobility time!
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- Saddle Pose. This pose gets a 5 star rating. I’ve tried lots of different stretches to help my annoying patellar tendonitis and this has helped it the most! I set a timer, yes a timer, otherwise I’ll move through each position far too quickly. 5 minutes is most ideal. But without a timer my 5 minutes turns into 30 seconds. I love to do this stretch in my CrossFit classes because it can be modified for any level of flexibility. I’m just showing off here (take that sit-and-reach test), but if you don’t have the flexibility to lay on your back, place an object behind you to lean on.
- Forward Fold. This is a Personal RECORD, folks. Mid-shin used to be my range of motion, but not anymore! Again with the timer, set it for 5 minutes. Placing a cushion or blanket under your butt might feel more comfortable for you. Relax your belly and fall deeper into the stretch as time passes.
- Seated Straddle. I love using props around the house to anchor my body down. This not only feels great on the hamstrings, but also the lower back.
- Pigeon. Not only is this stretch great for the glutes and hips, but it’s also a stretch that helps to relieve tension and stress for me. A great one to try before bed!
The next time you’ve got a load of laundry to do, get out your bottle of all® Free Clear Odor Relief and then get to mobilizing! There’s a decent chance you’ll increase your flexibility AND your body will thank you for using a detergent that combines the power of stainlifters® with a hypoallergenic formula that’s perfect for sensitive skin!
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