'The World's Greatest Stretch' Is Even Better For Introverts
If you do just one pre-exercise stretch this is the ultimate option - especially for introverts.
No matter if the headline makes no sense (much like the oft-used exhortation to give 110% effort) - it's not a stretch anyway. That's right... 'The World's Greatest Stretch' is acually a mobility drill (technically you could call it a series of active stretches but that's splitting hairs). If you're after a time-efficient way to prepare yourself for exercise you don't have time for semantics. You just want to know why you should do it and then how. Here goes:
WHY DO IT?
As explained in the foundational post Fitness Training For Introverts - What You Need To Know, introverts tend to have tight flexor muscles (i.e. front delts, pecs, hip flexors, hamstrings, biceps and abs). We also need to avoid excessively long warm-ups to avoid depleting our energy and willpower before the main event. 'The World's Greatest Stretch' mobilises exactly these muscles in an elegant three-part sequence. While you still need to first raise your core temperature with 3-5 minutes of light exercise such as rowing, walking, cycling, etc it will have you primed for action quicker than you can say Arnold Schwarzenegger.
HOW TO DO IT
Check out my video demonstration debut - maybe not the world's absolute greatest demo but I did give 110%!!!
Depending on how loose you feel after you complete the sequence on both sides, you may need to go trhough the cycle 3-5 times until you feel ready start your workout. Unless you have a specific injury/mobility issue there's no need to do anything more. After all, anything else is a step down from 'The World's Greatest'.