Stretch to Boost Your Immunity

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It may seem like immunity and fitness have little to do with one another beyond the nutritional connection, but this is not the case. Your body is an interconnected system full of nerve and lymphatic passages that influence the health and well being of every single part. Any blockages in these passageways may allow viruses and bacteria to get a foothold, acting as a boon on your immune system and possibly causing you to get sick. To keep the passageways free and clear, you need to move and stretch regularly.

Head Hang

The head hand is a very simple stretch, but it can do a world of good through the cold season. To start, just stand or sit in good posture with your shoulders pressed down and your chest lifted. Hang your head as far down as possible, trying to touch your chest. Relax into the stretch and hold it for about 30 seconds, lifting your head high to further help clear the throat and neck.

Torso Stretch

To start, place your open hands palm-side down on the back of a chair. Walk backward as far as possible, allowing your arms to move freely out in front of you and your back to latten. When you are in the farthest position, with your back and legs at a 90 degree angle to one another, hold the pose for about 30 seconds. This pose helps to open the lymph sites in the neck, chest, lungs, and armpits, keeping the airways open and helping to move the blood and antibodies through the upper body.

Floor Angel

Similar to a snow angel, the floor angel is done by lying on the floor and spreading the arms. To prop the head and neck, place a pillow or a stack of blankets on the floor and lie down with the stack under the head, neck, and shoulder blades. Reach your arms out to the sides as far as possible, and then sweep them up and down by your sides in a full range of motion. This stretch opens the armpits and chest, preventing blockages in these areas.

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