Interesting phrase, right? I bet you would never associate this phrase with doing something that is really great for your health and fitness. That thing is…STRETCHING. So where do the animals come in?
For all of you out there with a pet dog or cat, keep an eye on them sometime. Dogs and cats (and lots of other mammals, except maybe humans) frequently and naturally stretch themselves after a period of inactivity. Or, they may even stretch after a walk or having a chase around the house.
Meanwhile, often we humans go on with our lives without the amazing recharge and rebalance that stretching can provide. Even for those of us who get regular exercise and work on our fitness, often stretching is treated as an afterthought or abandoned altogether.
And yet, it is one of the easiest, least time consuming, and most instant- gratification-producing things that we can do for ourselves. On a par with eating a piece of chocolate, petting your dog or cat, or spending a few minutes to make a dinner reservation.
But, here’s the thing. You get MUCH MORE out of stretching than any of those other things.