How to make stretching less boring to actually do it

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Each January, I commit to improving my flexibility by stretching regularly. And yet, when it comes to my stretching routine, I’m guilty of cutting some corners. And by “cut shortcuts” I mean I’ll go months without properly healing my sore muscles. Whoops.

We noted previously that if stretching is not a panacea, There are lots of reasons to stretch, such as increasing your range of motion, reducing pain, and meditative mental effects. However, my main problem with stretching is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of focus in the moment. I’m madly bored. And while I’m not diagnosed (or even self-diagnosed) with ADHD, articles like this from r / ADHD inspired me to hack my own boredom and figure out how to stretch my muscles for over 30 seconds at a time.

If you are interested in how to stretch if you hate to stretch and that stretches to try if you are not flexible, We have what you need. Now, here are ways to do these stretches without dying of boredom in the process.

Watch television

So obvious, yet so elegant. If you want to stretch more frequently and for longer periods of time, then there’s nothing like streaming your favorite show to get the job done. No other mental trickery works like high quality escape, in my opinion. In addition, I am sure that the creators of Succession imagined me deploying my quads while enjoying their magnificent narcissists.

As long as you don’t get so wrapped up in the program that you forget to change your stretch position, it makes stretching fun. and makes television productive. Win-win.

Listen to a podcast or audiobook

Much like watching TV, it’s about finding something that distracts you enough and gets the act of stretching out. The benefit of the audio-only options is the ability to focus more on your body (rather than trying to watch a screen). Also, if you are at a gym, it may be better to listen to podcasts or audiobooks rather than charging Netflix through the gym’s wifi. Succession mate pods, anybody?

Watch a guided stretching video

Maybe distraction is your enemy and what you need is someone telling you exactly what to do and for how long to do it. Guided practices, such as Yoga with Adriene, might be right for you. Especially if you are new to stretching it helps to have an instructor guide and to encourage you along the way. My only advice here is to be prepared to incorporate modifications and small breaks, so that you don’t get discouraged and give up on your stretches altogether.

Make it social

Take a friend and To obligate ask them to stretch with you. You don’t have to do the same stretches. In fact, it might be better to do different stretches to avoid getting too competitive. The point of this trick is to have someone hold you accountable.

Learn to count in a new language

Trying to reach your toes for thirty seconds? Practice counting to thirty in Russian. As your brain focuses on this new skill, you’ll forget about the monotony of grabbing your toes.

Make mental lists

Like learning to count in a new language, try to recite all the American presidents, French verb conjugations, some sort of sports statistics, whatever keeps you busy.

Repeat for something

All those heated conversations and speeches you have in your bathroom mirror? Incorporate them into your stretching routine. You won’t believe how quickly time flies while you’re busy winning imaginary arguments or crushing your next presentation at work.

Incorporate some kind of accessory

To try using a resistance band or experience the unfolding with a tennis ball. With the tennis ball in particular, you can throw a game to occupy yourself, like that of this video.

Additional tips for stretching in the first place

If your problem is less about boredom at the moment, and more about maintaining that January 1 level of motivation, here are some mental tips to get you into that very first stretch position:

  • Stretch while you do other things, like brushing your teeth or waiting for the food to warm up.
  • Dress up the part to motivate yourself, using your yoga pants to remind you of their purpose.
  • Use tools like the “1 second every day” app to track your progress. The trick here is to stay longer than it takes to document your stretches.

Finally, if you are looking for new ideas for stretching every part of your body, there is a table for that. On the way to 2022, everyone.

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