Looking to reshape your body before convention season kicks into high gear? Check out the following health-related announcement that was sent our way earlier today featuring a combination of fitness licensee Onnit and that galaxy far, far away.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon. It has the power to entertain people around the world, and through its themes of training, discipline and conscience, can inspire us to live more fit and healthier lives as well. Onnit is proud to announce the launch of an eight-week program developed by Onnit featuring Star Wars: Fuel Your Force to help fans of the franchise commit to an active lifestyle, taking motivation from the stories and characters found in the Star Wars galaxy.
For the next eight weeks, we’ll bring you exercises, recipes, and biohacks, laying out a master plan to help you get a better body with the strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina to survive the swamps of Dagobah (or at least play with your kids without having to take a knee). Each week, you’ll get an instructional workout from Onnit’s Fitness Director, John Wolf, featuring fitness equipment from our new Star Wars line.
The first installment in our program focuses on flexibility. These stretching exercises combine traditional yoga poses with a technique called contract-relax, in which you tense the muscles you’re stretching for a few seconds and then release them.
Here’s how it works: Tensing the muscles sends a signal to your nervous system that they’re tight, and your brain responds by making them relax. The result? Your muscles loosen up and your range of motion increases, helping you stretch deeper. It’s a great way to get the most out of stretching in a short period of time, as well as build strength in new ranges of motion.
This series of stretches contains a lower-body focus, highlighting four yoga movements that are key for mobility: the half-kneeling hip flexor stretch, pigeon, downward-facing dog, and forward fold hang. Use this workout to unwind at the end of a long day spent sitting at your computer or to release your hips after a tough lower body strength-training session.