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For those of you who are not aware, the NHL announced this week that they will be back in business in the very near future. If you listen to the media, some fans are complaining that the season will be substantially shorter due to all the previously cancelled games. However, I like to think positively. To me, the shorter season means that every game is crucial to where each team will sit in the standings when the regular season ends.
Regardless of your feelings on the NHL lockout, it is my job to try and have you physically fit enough to handle the long hours of sitting in front of the television while trying to get your NHL fix. Thus, I have listed a few stretches for you to do between periods and after watching a game. For all of you out there who don’t watch hockey but like to simply watch different programs on TV, these stretches will work for you as well.
The last comment I would like to make is that these stretches can also be used while watching our hometown Merritt Centennials! Just because the NHL is getting started does not mean that we can now ignore our Centennials!
1. Lean forward to stretch and take the pressure off the lower back. Even if you do not feel a stretch, it is still good to release the muscle tension in the lower back. Hold for 20 seconds while breathing normally. Repeat four times.
2. Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed straight ahead. Slowly bend forward from the hips. Always keep your knees slightly bent so you do not stress the lower back. Let your neck and shoulders relax. Go to the point that you feel a slight stretch in the back of your legs. Hold for 20 seconds. Do not lock your knees or bounce. Repeat four times.