Exercising to Sleep

May 24, 2010 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

Do you have a hard time sleeping? Does your mind race with thoughts of your “to do” list! Thoughts of what you didn’t accomplish throughout the day and thoughts of everything you need to accomplish in the next 24 hours. Do you find that when you lay down at night you begin to feel the aches and pains in your body from all the activities of the day? The following stretch I am about to describe is a stretch that can be incorporated into your bedtime routine. This is a stretch to induce relaxation, ease the pressure from tired muscles, and increased circulation in the legs by getting your feet above your heart.

Step 1: Turn off your TV, Radio, and computer.

Step 2: Sit on the floor next to a clear wall. Place your right (or left) hip next to the wall, touching if possible.

Step 3: Turn towards the wall bending your knees so that your feet and buttock is next to the wall. Gradually walk your feet up the wall, straightening your legs with your butt as close to the wall as is comfortable for your legs, back, and neck.

Step 4: Lying back on the ground slowly bring your arms out to the side or above your head with our palms facing towards the ceiling.

Step 5: Feel yourself begin to relax on the floor and take deep breaths with your eyes shut. Hold stretch for up to 10 minutes. If your legs begin to feel uncomfortable slide your feet back down the wall allowing your knees to bend. As your hamstring flexibility improves you will notice an increased ease with straightening your legs up the wall.

Step 6: Sweet Dreams!


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