It’s so easy during the holidays to forget about fitness and well-being – including stretching.
But staying fit and limber is critical, no matter the time of year.
Patrick Fernandez, a flexologist with a StretchLab location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Friday to share smart tips and stretching ideas for the holiday season and beyond.
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The company offers assisted stretching to its clients with the help of trained exercise trainers.
Stretching can help relieve back pain and other aches and pains (and it’s always wise to check with your doctor first before starting a new exercise program or regimen).
Says Fernandez, “Stretching is very important.”
He then showed a stretch for the lower back, emphasizing that it should be held for 20-30 seconds.
People who sit for long periods of time at desks, tables or laptop stations can benefit a lot from some of these.
He said it was done while standing, with his legs slightly apart.
He then demonstrated the cross shoulder stretch.
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He says that people who sit for long periods of time at a desk, table or laptop can benefit a lot from some of this – as well as athletes.
He said this should also be held for 20-30 seconds.
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Fernandez then turned next to the stretch for the neck – showing a slight tilt of the head, again noting that it should be held for 20-30 seconds as well.
“There’s a lot of tension in the neck when you’re sitting,” Fernandez said.
Family members and friends can do all of this during the holidays, of course — and even create new family traditions for shared, healthy time together.
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