Stretching is just as important as your workouts, please take time to STRETCH! I can’t tell you how often I see people get off the treadmill and NOT take a few minutes (at least 15-20 min) to stretch. Incorporate stretching into your daily life, especially after your workouts! Allow enough time to include stretch as part of your daily routine. Why? By adding simple stretches after workouts will reduce stress, calm the mind and decrease injuries. Make sure you hold your stretch long enough to reap the benefit of stretching. BREATH! Remember to breath while stretching. Inhale through nose and exhale through mouth. Focus on RELAXING into your stretch and breath, breath, breath! Sometimes we tend to hold our breath and not realize we’re doing it. Why do we tend to hold our breath during stretch? Because to some folks, it can be painful. This is because you either never stretch, perhaps you aren’t stretching correctly, or you have an injury that has not healed properly. One popular reason people don’t take the time to stretch is because stretching is boring (only to some people) and simply takes up to much time out of busy lives. The truth is because of the hurry up lives of most, stretching isn’t a priority that people feel is as beneficial as the traditional workout. As you now know, “stretching” is absolutely beneficial! Your state of mind changes when your “physical” state changes….. good or bad! Healthy body, healthy mind. Healthy mind, healthy body….. you decide which is first, if you can 🙂

Of course I believe you can’t have one without the other. Mind/body are one……. in my opinion. Prioritize stretching into your daily life. Stay consistent and you will be glad you made stretching a priority. Happy stretching and don’t forget to BREATH!

About Cassandra Pavolic

As a retired performer for 25 years transitioning careers has been difficult. I truly enjoyed my career as an aerialist performer. I was fortunate enough to see the world, traveled many places and met people from all cultures. I learned a tremendous amount about life and people during my years traveling than I would in a school setting. The one thing I took away from being on the road is that no matter what ethnic background you are, we are all so similar. A smile is a smile in every language (happiness or contentment). Expressions of all emotions have the same meaning around the world. For this reason we are similar, and I somehow find that comforting. I'm now 50! It's hard to believe I'm fifty already! I reflect on my accomplishments as well as my failures up to date. Both are irrelevant to what I value most. I value people and relationships. I value my deity, it is the number one thing that keeps me stable. Being true to myself is a portion of my "food" in regards to my decision making. When I steer away from being my true self I am disappointed. Exercise, taking walks, and being still are another source of "food" in my life. I like to be still, listen and observe all things. I have been this type of person since a young child. Perhaps one of the reasons why I take an interest in Personality Psychology and my recent studies human behavior. I hold an Associates degree in Music/Theater/Dance from Dean College in MA. I quickly realized I wanted to perform, therefore my journey began immediately after graduating from Dean. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am curious, I am persistent and I am passionate. I'm on a mission to be a better person, to help those who want to help themselves, and to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences to anyone who gives a damn. All in hoping that what I have to offer will change lives as you learn to keep your priorities in order. And so I started prioritize you.
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