5 stretches you need to try (1/5)

Whether you spend your time running trails or sitting at a desk, stretching should be a part of your daily routine. Here are five stretches you need to try

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1. The extended warrior stretch

Does your job have you stressed out? Try yoga. A recently published study found that just 20 minutes of yoga during your lunch hour can reduce stress and improve sleep. “Subjects said they didn’t feel as stressed during the eight weeks of doing yoga meditation as they did 30 days before,” says the study’s lead author, Maryanna Klatt of The Ohio State University. Here’s one move to try.

Technique: Standing with feet apart, turn your left foot in and right foot out. Reach your arms out. Lean to the right, bending your right knee so your left leg goes straight. Touch your right elbow to your right thigh, and lift your left arm above your head. The left side of your body should form a straight line from ankle to fingers. Return to starting position; repeat on the other side.

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