Brie Larson On The Importance Of Stretching

When it comes to working out, most of us overlook stretching. Carving out the time to get our heart rates up and sweat is one thing, but to add another five or ten minutes of stretching? Forget it, no one has time for that. As it turns out though (and much as you’d expect), stretching shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, some suggest it’s the unsung hero of all workouts. And for Brie Larson, who continues to prove her physical prowess as Captain Marvel, it’s also a vital part of her daily routine. 

Having engaged in an impressive strength training routine for both The Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel, Larson is also ensuring that she works on her flexibility. She recently took fans through a simple, quick stretch routine that “is great for mornings, before workouts, as you’re winding down your day, or if somebody like me, you’re like me who is spending the majority of their day sitting at a desk in Zoom all day.”

She added, “It’s good to incorporate a few stretches to be kind to yourself.”

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The 31-year-old said she uses stretching as a way to unwind, but also keep her body feeling good in-between all of her stunt training and action-packed fight sequences. “You start to cool down, so you have to keep finding ways to stay limber because that’s when injuries happen,” she said. 

So, to stay limber like Captain Marvel herself, here’s Larson’s quick stretching routine that can be done anywhere, at anytime. The actress suggests holding each pose for 15 to 30 seconds. 

1. Toe sits (breathing, checking in on your posture)

2. Cat cows

3. Thread the needle, both sides

4. Child’s pose

5. Cobra

6. Downward dog and peddling

7. Half scorpion

8. Runner’s lunge

9. Lower pushup, back to Downward dog and repeat the 6-9 on the other side

10. Child’s pose

11. Reclined pigeon, both sides.

12. Forward fold

13. Half lotus

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