Beyond flexibility, stretching moves oxygen and blood through your body, calms your mind, and reduces stress. It's a quick way to reset when you feel tired.
Ease into stretching. Slow, focused stretches will help you relax and calm your brain.
- Stretching should feel good, never painful! If you feel pain, stop what you're doing, or ease up your stretching.
- Breathe into each stretch. Hold the pose long enough to inhale and exhale a number of times.
- If you already know some good stretches, choose 3-5 of your favorites for your RECESS break
- When you have been working on a computer all day, try these four upper body stretches:
Hold each of these stretches for 20-30 seconds while breathing in and out slowly
- Clasp your hands behind your back, stand tall
- Pull your shoulders down away from your ears
Arms & Shoulders
- Using your left arm, hold your right arm straight across your chest with thumb pointing upwards
- Repeat on your left side
- Hold your right arm straight out in front of you, with fingers up like you are high fiving
- Using your left hand, hold the fingers of your right hand so you feel a gentle pull in your wrist
- Turn your palm inward and point your fingers down, and hold your hand in that position so you feel a gentle stretch in your wrist and forearm
- Repeat both stretches on your left hand
Child's Pose for lower back
- Kneel on the ground with your knees hip-width apart
- Lean over so your head is resting on the ground between your arms, which are stretched out on the ground in front of you
- Take deep breaths and feel your body relax into the ground
Short stretching sessions you can do at home using a computer or smartphone.
Increase Flexibility (Ages 11-15)
A full body stretch to feel good and increase flexibility
Flexibility and Balance for Kids
Challenge your flexibility and stability with this stretching and balance routine