What is a WeStretch Routine?
Now the big question is, what exactly does a WeStretch routine look like? Here is a quick run-through of what an average routine would look like! For this example, we’re going to do a nice little fifteen-minute routine!
If you’d prefer to watch a video, check out Jenna demonstrating a 15-minute fundamental routine!
Let’s get started on a WeStretch routine!
First, you’re going to select the “Set Time” button. If you want to stretch for a longer or shorter period of time, you’ll spin the dial here, similar to an old rotary phone!
This next page is where premium users get to have full control over their stretching exercises. While free users still get methodical, physical therapist-approved stretches, they do not have access to the customization options.
Want a badminton warm-up so that you can annihilate the twelve-year-old who challenged you on the court?? (Or maybe you used up all of your energy and threw out your back from doing that, so you only want to do poses where you can sit on the floor and work on getting your back straightened out.)
Even if you would like a routine that only works on your left hip flexor, left leg, and left knee, you can create a routine just for that!
Afterward, select the red button, which will either say “Skip Customization” or “Generate Routine” (if you selected anything.)
Get ready to start stretching
Check out the location option at the bottom of the next page. If you prefer to exercise in a more traditional spot, Ada’s gym is the perfect location! If you’re experiencing wanderlust, our premium users can check out our Alberta tour, featuring some of the whimsical, wacky, and wonderful places of our province.
Now, let’s get stretching by tapping the “Start” button!
You’ll follow along with Ada, grabbing onto a chair or table if you need some help with balance. Every routine is different, (generated by artificial intelligence) but the average 15-minute workout has about 72 positions in it. Which is just twelve different poses, repeated a total of six times each!
We do it this way for three reasons:
- You get more physical activity and movement than in traditional stretching sessions.
- Physiotherapists say that repetition with stretches is the best way to get joints lubricated. While we gradually increase the hold time, we start off with just a 2-second hold. You may think this is too quick but this is enough to get your joints feeling their best- and it avoids causing injuries!
- It’s much less boring than sitting in the same pose for a minute. (Because yoga is great, but staying in Warrior 1 for five minutes is near torture!)
With the first few poses, you may feel like nothing is happening. That’s okay, as WeStretch is designed to be too easy to start out, you don’t start by running a marathon but rather by walking around the block.
The more you stretch and the longer your routines get, the more you’ll feel your body get warmer and moving freer!
Each stretching routine will get you moving.
In a normal routine, you’ll have a mix of standing and floor poses- not only does this help to ensure that we get every joint moving in every direction, but the movement between sitting and standing is a great form of exercise using your body weight!
The other thing you’ll notice is that you don’t often do the same stretches on both sides in each routine.
This is purposeful, as it makes it easier to stay engaged while exercising! After all, when you shoulder check when driving, you don’t immediately turn the other way to balance out, do you?
The other side will come up in one of the next routines you do- it just means you have to stretch again tomorrow!
A few other tips and tricks to make the most out of your WeStretch routine:
To hear Ada’s narration, you need to have your ringer on. If you want to stretch in ninja-stealth mode, though, leave it off, and turn closed captioning on in the bottom left of the screen!
Want a more Zen atmosphere? Put on some soothing music before you start to give a mindful stretching session!
Looking to have a more upbeat routine? Find some of your favourite energetic tunes to get you bouncing!
While you can treat this like a full workout, WeStretch can also be done in short increments while still wearing your jeans. Any amount of stretching is better than none at all in being able to move smoothly and painlessly.
And just remember- Stretching is Believing!
Want to learn about some of the other types of WeStretch routines?
Check out the types of stretching routines that WeStretch offers.
Looking for more of a challenge? Build up your functional strength by doing bodyweight exercises and stretches with one of WeStretch’s strengthening routines!
You will notice after regularly stretching, that you can spread your physical therapy appointments out further, which helps you save money on trying to correct joint pain. WeStretch helps you to work on your tight muscles by using a combination of dynamic and static stretching.
We hope this was helpful and that you enjoy stretching with us! If you’d like us to add anything to this page or would just like to say hello, feel free to reach out to us on social media or email us at email@example.com!
Written by Kayla Willsey
Updated June 10, 2021