Let Go and Get Long

Back in the day when I taught “go for the burn” aerobics, some students would leave class before the final stretch. Later I’d ask why they had left and they’d say, “well, I mainly want to burn calories” or “stretching is boring . . .”

Picture ballet dancers and their beautiful bodies. Those long, lean muscles are achieved through both lengthening and strengthening exercises. Dancers spend hours stretching.

One of the great things about stretching is that you can truly do it while you’re doing other things, like watching TV or reading.

Have a seat on the floor. Sit with your legs extended in front of you and lean forward over your legs. Your muscles become more flexible as they warm up. Take time to hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds, breathing deep and easy. Don’t force the stretch. Just let go and get long.

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