Sunday, February 26, 2017

Raven {Dream Inspired Poetry}

I met you in the middle of the night.

I was feeling lively and radiant
as I ran up a hill larger than imaginable 
My mind was set on one thing: running
A million pieces of me were being collected with each step

I felt unstoppable that is until you stepped in front of me
My body stopped inches away from you
My mind was still running
But my body stood stiffly 

We were in the middle of a crosswalk
Our eyes connected and my mind awoke
Your eyes were a rich color of blue and
I felt like I knew who you were
and you knew who I was
I felt like we understood eachother

I wanted to keep moving but I couldn't
I got lost in the feelings I got by looking into your eyes
It was like we were communicating telepathically

Do I know you in real life?
I needed to know.
No, you don't, but my name's Raven

I remember seeing sorrow in those blue eyes
It seemed like you were apologizing 
You looked devastated
But I didn't know why until it was too late

Slowly I was seeing your face fade
I was regaining consciousness
I tried so hard to stay
I wanted to stay.
but human nature dragged me away
I woke up feeling farther away from you than ever
I felt heavy knowing I could no longer talk to you
This goodbye was too sudden

Raven lives in my dreams and wanders in my subconscious
I have no idea if we will meet again but
if we meet in dreamland once more 
I'll tell him how much I miss him

Friday, February 10, 2017

V's Stretching Routine

Stretching is a treat for me and because of my new grown love for it, I have been focusing on doing it more often. Over the past couple months, I have made sure to stretch anywhere from 4-6 days a week for at least 15 minutes. And it has helped me so much because when I don't stretch I will like a crippled old lady. Stretching alone has so many benefits too! Like flexibility enhancement, injury reduction, stress relief, organ improvement, blood flow, and more. So why not stretch? It is the laziest kind of workout can do if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.

Once I am warmed up and only when I am warmed up I start stretching. Do not stretch when your muscles are cold, this is one of the most dangerous things you could do to yourself. Stretching cold puts you at risk of pulling a muscle and trust me that will hurt!

There are two kinds of stretching. Dynamic stretching is when you are continuously moving in order to warm up your muscles typically dynamic stretches are done before a workout. Examples of dynamic stretches are lunge twists, hip rotations, arm circles, leg swings, etc. Static stretching is when you hold a position for about 30 seconds that is minimally challenging. All the photos are examples of static stretches.

 Static stretching is most beneficial after a workout or whenever your body is warmed up. Static stretching will help your muscles gain flexibility and reduce soreness.

 One of my goals this year is to be able to finally do the splits, there forward a lot of the stretching I do is directed in that area. The splits is always something I have been close to doing but never really put enough work into it. I set my mind to this one goal this year. In the first few pictures, I am stretching my hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps. (Runners lunge with feet in parallel then turn out,  hamstring stretch with flexed and pointed foot, lunge with leg up, and pigeon stretch)

 Pigeon again! Pigeon stretch is one of my favorite stretches.

 This is called a seated saddle stretch. Found this out today while I was googling names of stretches. This stretch will stretch your inner thighs and back.

 Butterfly stretch! Important note: make sure to drink water before or during stretches. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

 This one is called the happy baby stretch. Do you see why? This will open up your hips.

 Then onto center splits stretches. There are so many ways to stretch center splits but I like to go from side to middle to other side then back to the middle. Obviously, I'm not the most flexible here.

 In these two pictures, I stretch with a flat back then allow my back to curve. I find it helpful to hold your arms out when you do flat back just to make sure you aren't curving your back.

Then I roll on my back and stretch with knees into the chest then extended and I repeat the same thing to the side.

And lastly, I do center splits and left and right splits. Don't be fooled- there is a decent amount of space between my butt and the ground. The angle of this picture makes it look like I am a lot closer to the ground than I actually am. But, there you have it- my current stretching routine. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments! 

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