The 4-Week Reach Your Stretching Goal Plan

Jessica Smith
by Jessica Smith
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The 4-Week Reach Your Stretching Goal Plan

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”HEX 0073bb” class=”” size=””]”Blessed are the flexible for they shall never be bent out of shape.”[/perfectpullquote]

This quote is one of my all-time favorites because it not only applies to our mental state, it’s also so appropriate for our physical bodies. When it comes to an effective fitness program, the importance of flexibility is often overlooked because it’s not a big calorie burner, but there are so many reasons flexibility should be an integral part of your routine. For example, tight muscles can lead to imbalances in the body which may contribute to a limited range of motion or possible injury. Stretching regularly can help you maintain mobility that may help improve your performance during those tougher, calorie-blasting workouts.

If you aren’t already including regular stretch sessions in your workout schedule, this is the time to start, and we’re here to assist! We created this month’s “Reach Your Stretching Goal Pledge” to encourage you to set (and achieve) your personal flexibility goal.

*Please note these are general recommendations for someone who isn’t regularly stretching. If you are already incorporating regular flexibility training into your routine, feel free to set your sights on a higher number of sessions per week. (Pro tip: You can stretch 7 days a week if you like!)

First, let’s review a few helpful stretching tips to help you get started:


The great news is that as little as 6–10 minutes of static stretching a few times a week can be beneficial, so it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task to include more flexibility-focused work into your already busy schedule.

If you aren’t currently doing any stretching, aiming for 1–2, 10-minute sessions a week is a good place to start. Each week you can add more sessions or increase the duration.

If you know you won’t ever have the time to do a full 20–30 minutes in one session, don’t worry. You can break it up into shorter, more manageable time blocks, or simply do a more focused, 5–10 minute stretch on busy days (or, even just start your day with this single, full-body stretch). The key to success here is to finding a way to fit your flexibility time without stress.


Stretching can be done whenever you like (and can fit it in) — morning, noon or night. In fact, it’s a great way to wind down your day — some studies found that yoga in the evening may help you sleep more soundly, but the best time to stretch is the time you’ll actually do it.

Depending on what type of stretching you’ll be focusing on, you may or may not need to warm up beforehand. More dynamic mobility work (such as certain types of yoga or Pilates) can be done on its own, while static stretching (stretches held for 30–60 seconds at a time) is better performed after a workout (or at least after a full-body warmup).


Here’s where you’ll want to personalize your plan and schedule sessions that are most appropriate for your body and your goals. For example, if you play a specific sport, you may want to design a plan that incorporates mobility exercises to improve your range of motion and performance.

Or, if you travel often and experience tightness in certain areas (such as your hips, neck, back, etc.), you may want to focus more on specific static stretches that target those key areas. But, if you just need assistance getting started somewhere, check out the list of session ideas below (and, for more helpful flexibility tips, be sure to check out these 5 common stretching mistakes and 5 ways to make stretching more effective).


Any focused stretch time is a session, whether it’s as little as 5 minutes or as much as an hour (if you are taking a yoga class, for example), so don’t worry about how much time you have to dedicate to your stretch goal at first. Aim to add in more sessions each week, and, if you like, focus on increasing the length of your sessions as your schedule allows.

Not sure what to do when it comes to stretching? Here are a few ideas you might want to try:

Thanks for joining us, we’re so glad you are here. Let’s stretch our abilities this month!


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About the Author

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. She now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit to learn more about her fun, results-driven programs for all levels of exercisers.


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