It’s March and I am ready for a new challenge. This month I’ve decided I wanted to do something physical and mental. I’m going to keep them both pretty simple and I HOPE you all join in and really embrace the challenge this month. I wanted to still keep the challenge of something physical. I mean, this whole blog is about fitness, right? However, this blog is also about overall health. Our mental health plays a huge part in this. So, this month I wanted to have it play a part as well. The physical aspect I’m going to call the flexibility challenge. The mental aspect I’m going to call the positivity challenge.
Standing forward bend
The standing forward bend (Uttanasana) is one of the most common stretches. On good days I can touch the ground. On bad days I’m like 5 inches above the ground. I want to see how much that can improve. I have taken pictures of my current capability in all these stretches. With this stretch and the next three stretches, plan on holding the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Release the stretch on your legs and pull up into a completely straight back. With the next exhale sink back down into the stretch for another 10 to 15 seconds.
Standing forward bend with crossed legs (Right over left and left over right)
This is the same stretch but putting a deeper stress on each specific leg (Uttanasana crossed leg). This also has an added benefit to the muscles in your feet and ankles. Helps with your stretch and with your balance.
Split (left leg forward, right leg forward)
I am completely incapable of doing any kind of a split right now. Therefore, I will be doing a modification stretch for the split. Front leg completely straight and toe pointed. Back leg bent as needed, weight resting mostly on the knee and bottom half of the leg. Working on pushing the pelvis down towards the ground. On both sides hold the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Release the stretch by pulling up and flexing that front foot to be flat rather than pointed. With the next exhale sink back into the stretch with pointed toe and pelvis back into the ground.
I challenge each of you to take a picture in each stretch. Do all of these stretches at least once a day. It will only take five minutes. Take a picture at the end of the month and let’s see how much progress we have all made.
In a journal or notebook or even in a word document. Record everything positive that you came up with each day about yourself. Make sure it is physically available to you. When you are struggling with self-confidence, pull this list out and prove to yourself just how strong you are.