Jennifer Garner Demonstrated How to Do 3 'Easy' Stretches

Garner posted a video on Instagram of herself and Peloton instructor, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., doing the moves.

The beloved actress, Jennifer Garner, is known not just for her riveting performances on the big screen, but also her commitment to fitness. In a recent social media update, Garner collaborated with Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., a Peloton instructor specializing in yoga and meditation. The duo marked Roberts' birthday by sharing a video that demonstrated "three simple stretches to synchronize body and breath". This insightful post displayed Garner and Roberts performing three basic seated stretches - a body roll, a side body stretch, and a spinal twist. Interestingly, these exercises do not necessitate any specialized equipment. Throughout their demonstration, Garner and Roberts can be seen enjoying the process, smiling as they sit cross-legged on the floor, taking their followers through each stretch.

Incorporating stretches, as demonstrated by Garner and Roberts, into your routine can offer significant benefits. Stretching is an essential part of the post-workout recovery process because it improves blood circulation, which delivers more oxygen to help recover muscles and other soft tissues quickly. This has been suggested by Michele Olson, Ph.D., an exercise expert at Huntingdon College in Alabama, who is a member of the Shape Brain Trust. Furthermore, stretching can help reduce discomfort caused by prolonged sitting (such as working on a computer all day). Combining deep breathing with stretching could also ease menstrual cramps. Moreover, engaging in a stretching routine before going to bed can aid relaxation and improve sleep quality. "Stretching is a wonderful way to dedicate time for yourself at the end of the day and honestly acknowledge how you feel," said Kimberly Washington, M.S., R.Y.T., a vinyasa yoga teacher and certified flexibility trainer. "When you actually slow down, take time to really observe and connect, you'll find that it can alleviate a lot of anxiety and relieve a lot of stress, things that you're holding in your body that you may or may not be aware of." If you wish to try these moves, Garner has provided detailed instructions for each stretch in the video.

Jennifer Garner's Easy Stretching Routine

How it works: Complete each stretch as indicated. Hold and repeat as desired.

You'll need: No equipment.

Body Roll

A. Start in a cross-legged seated position on the floor with hands on knees.

B. Keeping back flat, drive chest forward on an inhale. Draw naval to spine on an exhale.

C. Rotate to the side, to the back back, and to the other side in a circular motion. Exhale and return to a neutral spine.

Switch directions; repeat.

Side Body Stretch

Begin in a seated position on the floor with your legs crossed, both hands resting on the ground. As you take a deep breath in, elevate your right arm towards the sky and slide your left fingers out along the floor. As you breathe out, retract your right shoulder blade down your back. Continue to extend through your right fingertips as you draw another breath in, tilting to the left side with your right upper arm near your ear. Gather both arms upwards through the center, straightening your torso to revert to the initial pose. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

Spinal Twist

A. Start in a cross-legged seated position on the floor.

B. Reach both arms straight up on an inhale.

C. Slowly turn to the right side, bringing left hand to left or right knee. Hold.

E. Untwist to return to starting position.

Switch sides; repeat.

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