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What is a WeStretch Routine?

Now the big question is, what exactly do the WeStretch app's stretching routines look like? Here is a quick run-though 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!

 

A screenshot of WeStretch's home screen, having a time dial and Chibi Ada gesturing to the "Set Time" button.

 

This next few pages are where PRO users 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.

Do you need a badminton warm-up so that you can annihilate the twelve-year-old who challenged you on the court? Are you feeling stiff and sore after finishing your yard work for the day? Maybe you need a good stretch after sitting at your desk for too long or you want to do a strengthening routine because the gym is too far away at this point.

Regardless of your reason for stretching, there is a customizable stretching routine designed just for you!

 

The WeStretch 9 types of stretching routins.

Stretch your body how it works best for YOU!

The best thing about WeStretch is the ability to select specific poses and areas of your body to target. You can choose not to bend down to the floor, or to avoid stretching your shoulder if it’s been freshly injured. Even if you would like stretches that just focuses on your left hip flexor, left leg, and left knee, you can create a routine just for that!

 

Ada on a selector screen, with all of her joints identified so that you can remove specific joints from your stretch.The WeStretch pose selector screen

 

Finally, you can select where you would like to stretch- be it on the Alberta Tour or just in Ada’s Gym, and if you need any narration variables.

A screen allowing you to choose between the two different stretching locations.

Now, set your phone up at eye level or where you can easily see it, take a few deep breaths, and hit the red start button to get stretching!

 

An artistic flower-like shape that has the word "inhale" on it.

 

 

You’ll follow along with Ada, grabbing on to a chair or table if you need some help with balance. Every routine is different, (generated by artificial intelligence) but the average 15-minute fundamental workout has about 72 positions in it. Which is just twelve different poses, repeated a total of six times each!

Different stretching routines have so many variables, from the amount of poses you do, to the hold length, and even the amount of repetition you do of each stretch!

 

Ada standing in a straddle t pose, tilting and rotating her torso to the side.

 

We do it this way for three reasons:

  1. You get more physical activity and movement in than traditional stretching sessions.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!)

 

Ada stands with her arms behind her back, bringing one of her heels towards her bum.

 

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 freely through your full range of motion! The best thing about WeStretch is that it uses your stretching history, much like a personal trainer would, to ensure that you see the greatest steady improvement without risking injury.

 

Ada in a diamond sit, with her arms behind her.

 

Each full body 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 motion between sitting and standing is a great form of exercise using your body weight!

 

Ada with her arms behind her back, looking to the side.

 

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!

 

Ada in a straddle sit, stretching one of her arms across her chest.

 

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 you 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 work-out, 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!

 

Ada clasping her hands together to celebrate the end of a stretching routine.

 

 

WeStretch is more than just stretching.

 

Looking for more of a challenge? Build up your functional strength by doing bodyweight exercises and stretches with one of WeStretch's strengthening routines!

 

Now that you know what a WeStretch routine is, it's time to get started! Download WeStretch: The Stretching App today from either the App Store or Google Play to get feeling your very best!

 

You will notice after regularly stretching that you can spread your physical therapy appointments out further. This 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 to say hello, feel free to reach out to us on social media or to email us at team@westretch.ca!:)

 

Written by Kayla Willsey

 

Updated October 4, 2021