Stretches & Crunches
When you can barely squeeze a workout into your day, taking time to focus on flexibility may feel like, well, a stretch. But stretching is an important part of fitness: It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep. To limber up, try the following quick head-to-toe routine created by Mike Hannah, a senior fitness trainer, in New Hyde Park, NY. Do the complete series once daily. Deepen each stretch with every exhalation, and stop if you feel any strain or pain.
Protect your neck when you’re doing crunches by ensuring you’re using your abs, not your neck muscles, to do a crunch. To avoid straining your neck, look straight up at the ceiling during the entire crunch, and allow your hands to support your head.