The stretch – that sets you up for the day
- ... and what we have to learn from cats - or the domestic dog!

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Dear Reader,

Woke up at the “early” hour of 11 AM today, and launched straight into a 2 minute straight stretch – a stretch that left me buzzing from head to toe – and everything in between too, if you get my drift.

While I wouldn’t say I felt lazy upon waking up – or even lethargic – there was something missing – and being I have a lot of writing to do today, I needed to turn the switch on – and quick.

Yes, I could go outdoors for my hillworkouts – but I needed something to do right NOW – much as a lot of you headed to office – or elsewhere need.

What a lot of us need is a pick me up right NOW – before work, or whatever, and that is precisely what I did via this stretch.

I held this stretch for two minutes, and while I will probably have a full workout later – this was ALL I needed for now – to get the blood flowing – the heart rate cranked (just that little, of course) – and the FEEL GOOD VIBES – flowing!

This one stretch is something I describe in detail in 0 Excuses Fitness – as well as the recently released, and seemingly immensely popular Pushup Central.

Folks liked 0 Excuses Fitness – – but I feel the reason Pushup Central is so popular is because in that book you have – literally at your fingertips – a course that allows you to “drop down” and give yourself 20 – or 50 – without ever getting bored – and while getting some of the best workouts of your life.

Fat burning, six pack building, muscle building – massive shoulders – upper back – whatever your goals are – even the legs – the course has YOU covered, my friend.

Follow any of the 10 workouts given for a set length of time, and watch your body change dramatically – for the better.

Now back to the stretch – all I did was hold for two minutes straight before writing this to you. Could have and probably will go longer later on during the day – but this stretch does the following –

Stretches out the entire back – and lower back – a problem area for most people.

Stretches the CALVES – and HAMSTRINGS – both another neglected area for a lot of folks.

Relieves tension in the shoulders, triceps and traps. Improves digestion and FOCUS – and gets the blood flowing through the ENTIRE BODY.

And it can be done in at least 10 different ways – each one hitting the body DIFFERENTLY, my friend.

As for what it is?

Well, it’s popularly known as a “cat stretch” – or even dog stretch, for those of you that have pets.

Notice what the domestic (or wild) cat – or domestic dog for that matter does upon waking up – first thing in the morning.

He STRETCHES – both forward – and BACKWARD – and as humans we too would be well advised to learn a lesson here.

This simple stretch truly does set you up for the rest of the day – and gets you feeling great. Combine this with the bridge, or some of the other stretches in 0 Excuses Fitness – and you’re off to the races.

These movements can also be used as a mini-workout of sorts for those of you that keep claiming “you’re really too busy” (yeah right, but …).

Throw in a min stretch here. Hang on from a pull-up bar – or doorway – or whatever for another half a minute. Hold a bridge for 30 seconds.

And so forth.

It’s not that difficult to get great workouts in no matter where you are – if you just know how – and if you just do it!


Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – For more such nifty lil workouts that you can crank out literally anywhere – grab the 0 Excuses Fitness System – and follow along with me right in my living room as I guide you through the workout of your LIFE – –

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