As more people are staying home following the social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, home workouts are popular to help people stay fit during this period.
Although stretching may not be the most intense exercise to burn calories, it is an effective, no-equipment workout that keeps you active and builds muscle.
Does stretching burn calories?
You are still burning calories while doing static stretching, such as reaching down and touching your toes. The amount of calories burnt depends on whether you are stretching rigorously and how long you go at it.
A typical active stretching exercise in a 30-minute Hatha yoga session burns about 149 calories for a 155-pound individual.
Experts recommend dynamic stretching, a high-intensity session that involves momentum, agility and speed.
We have compiled a list of dynamic stretching activities. Most of the moves are calisthenics, bodyweight workouts that can help you burn between 135 and 200 calories for a 30-minute session.
1. Bodyweight lunges
Lunge your leg and bend your knee at 90 degrees, alternate between each side. You can also try side lunges—lunge your right leg to the side and extend your left leg until your left foot is on the floor.
2. Arm circles
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and spread your arms on each side at shoulder height. Move your arms in small circular motions, with 15 to 20 repetitions each for forward and backward circles. This is a great stretching workout that keeps your blood moving and heart racing.
3. Bear crawls
This is a cardio and stretching workout that strengthens your shoulders, quads and abs.
Get into a push-up or plank position, beginners can start on their knees. Start crawling by walking on your hands and feet, keep your back straight.
Include the below stretching moves in your home exercise routines to maximize your workout.
Spare 10 to 15 minutes everyday to stretch your muscles; loosen your mind and body, and feel the benefits of stretching daily.
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