Gentle walking is the best exercise to help gently stretch out your muscles through motion. Take long strides and gently swing your arms to get the full stretching benefits.
Walk at an easy pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour to stretch out your muscles optimally. Walking at a faster pace may cramp muscles and add to your tension.
Any amount of time you can walk will help stretch your muscles and relieve tension. Aim for at least ten minutes and walk for a longer time if you want and are able.
5.Try gentle stretching exercises.
Bunched up muscles cause tension and stretching exercises can help alleviate tension and break up knots in your muscles. Doing gentle stretches will help ensure that you don't injure yourself or cause further tension.
For tension in your legs, try bending over and touching your toes. If this isn't possible, you can sit on the floor and reach toward your toes.
To relieve tension in your lower back, simply lay on the floor and pull your legs towards your chest.
To relieve tension in your chest and sides, put your hands behind your head, open your elbows and then bend to each side and slightly backwards.
The shoulders and neck hold most of the body's tension and stretching these areas lightly may immediately relieve your tension.
To stretch your neck, tilt your head to the side and lightly pull it with your hand.
To stretch your neck and shoulders, put your chin to your chest and gently pull with your hands behind your head.
You can also stretch your shoulders by gently pulling each arm to one side or pulling your arms down behind you.
Basic stretches that you would use to avoid injury will help to relieve tension and knots in your muscles.
6. Try practicing gentle yoga.
Yoga will also help stretch out and lengthen muscles, but it can also calm the body and bind. Restorative and yin yoga are specifically practiced to help stretch out and repair muscles.
Yoga and other exercise will encourage proper posture and improve posture, both of which can help relieve muscle tension.
Make sure to take deeps belly breaths when you practice yoga. This will naturally invigorate you and help dissolve tension and tightness in your muscles.
If you're trying yoga for the first time, make sure to start with beginner classes so that you learn proper alignment and get the most stretching benefit.
7. Make sure you’re hydrated.
Although studies have not shown a connection between dehydration and tension, there is some evidence that not consuming enough water does contribute to involuntary muscle spasms. Making sure that you’re properly hydrated throughout the day may help you avoid muscle spasms and related tension.
Water will keep you hydrated. If you prefer sports drinks or juices, make sure to drink them in conjunction with some water throughout the course of the day.
8. Take a pain reliever.
If other methods don’t help your tension or you have lingering pain, take an over the counter medication to help alleviate the pain. If the pain continues for a longer period of time, though, consult your doctor to rule out a medical condition.
Take ibuprofen or and NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) to help with the inflammation that may be causing your tension.
Pain relievers are also good for relieving the headaches that often accompany tension.
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