Self-Care Challenge (Day 177): Stretching

gray yoga block on a hardwood floor

On day 177 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored stretching before bed to unwind after a long day.

At a recent yoga class, I learned a new pose: the supported bridge. And it’s my latest obsession.

Stretching offers many health benefits, such as improving posture and reducing muscle stiffness.

I’ve noticed in recent years that my hip flexors and lower back don’t quite cooperate like they used to. They get tight and sore more easily, especially after extended periods of activity or sitting.

The supported bridge is my new best friend. It’s the perfect wind-down stretching exercise just before bed, helping me to relax (“melt” is probably a better word) and prepare for sleep.

Experimenting with different yoga poses sometimes leads to new self-care practices.

What’s your favorite stretching exercise?

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