Importance of Stretching

When you hike as much as The Herd does, it is very important to stretch before exercise.  But be sure to do your stretches very slowly and always using proper form.  Natasha will demonstrate the proper way to stretch.

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Use a solid surface for safety

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Stretch slowly to the right

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Now stretch to the left

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Slowly lean back until you feel the burn

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The smile tells you how good that feels

23 Comments

  1. Steve & Kat on November 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    This is just like watching the Wii Fit for dogs!

    Steve

  2. Norwood on November 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Oh yes Natasha..
    That stretch back felt so good. I can see how you keep your figure and your bling around.
    norwood

  3. JacksDaddy on November 9, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I see a future yoga teacher in the pictures! 🙂

  4. Holly and Khady on November 9, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Very good reminder, and great technique!! Thanks for the great photo teaching session!!!

    Phbbb and KhL

  5. Mochi on November 9, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Great stretches! I don’t have a wall, but I think my futon will work out good for the stretches! 🙂

    Mochi

  6. Kira on November 8, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Wooos Queen Natasha! I am very impressed with your stretching! Great form there!
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  7. Wild Dingo on November 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    um, Natasha, that series you just did is known as Bikram’s Half Moon pose. a half moon stretch to the right, left and back bend in the shape of a crescent moon. it’s the first exercise in a series of 26 poses in a room that’s heated from 101-105 degrees. I don’t know… tho you look pretty yoga pro, something tells me you probalby never do much of anything in that kind of heat…

  8. Jack & Tori on November 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Excellent form, Natasha! Just watching woo makes me feel better!

    a-roos ,
    jack a-roo

  9. the Army of Four on November 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Ohhhhh, yeah! Great stretches! I feel sooooo good now!
    Play bows,
    Zim

  10. Huffle Mawson on November 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’m always happy to follow the advice of the Queen.

    Huffle Mawson

  11. Brownie on November 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    my mom needs to follow your tutorial! Great pictures!

    xoxo,
    Brownie

  12. Martha & Bailey on November 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Very good doga stretching there Natasha – we need to stretch outselves what with us having such long bodies!!!!
    Thank you for the demonstration – we are off to practice.
    love
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  13. Denns the Vizsla on November 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Work it, Natasha!

  14. The OP Pack on November 8, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    You demonstrate things so well, Natasha. We are going to go try to find a stone wall to practice our stretches too.

    Happy hiking.

    woos, the OP Pack

  15. Sam on November 8, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    What a little athlete! It’s understandable why you’d need to get in shape, I bet you and your pack go on tons of great adventures.

    Marge loves to stretch. If we gently lift up her back legs while she’s standing, she stretches allllll the way forward and works out all of those muscles.

  16. Bentley on November 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    What fine technique and form! And what a beautiful view.

    Bentley

  17. gus, louie and calie on November 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    That is great. Now we really know the proper stretching technique…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  18. Jake and Fergi on November 8, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Natasha! It looks like you are off on a wonderful hike! We hope you enjoyed it as much as you seemed to be enjoying the stretches beforehand.

    You go Girl!
    Fergi

  19. The_Dogfather on November 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Woowoow! Natasha, you are the Doga guru!

  20. KB on November 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

    We always joke that the dogs have a single all-purpose stretch, the play-bow and then arching the back upward. That’s all they do and they’re ready for action!

    Great Natasha picts. If that were Rusty or my R, I’d have been worried that they were preparing to leap over the stone wall!

  21. Khyra on November 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Maybe woo khan get an exercise programme on The Animal Planet?

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

  22. Teddy Bear on November 8, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Natasha, thank you so much for showing us your beautiful stretches.

  23. Mr Koda MD on November 8, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Hello Natasha!
    I’m going to have to practise those stretching moves before my next hike!!!

    Koda

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