Get Your Stretch & Organize On.

Not at the same time though. Smile with tongue out

I am constantly sore. I’m one of those people that is limping around like an old man, clutching my shoulder, and cracking my hips multiple times a day. I have a problem. So you know what I do? I stretch, a lot. Here’s a simple routine I put together that is great to do first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed at night to get all the kinks out. Obviously complete each stretch on both sides.

10 minute anytime stretch:

  • Arm cross-overs (hold 30 sec. each side)

  • Wide legged reach down (hold 1 min.); grasp elbows and hang if it’s more comfortable for you

  • Standing side stretch (hold 30 sec. each side); keep shoulders down and reach OVER, not up

  • Warrior 2 (hold 30 sec. each side); keep knee over heel, not toe

  • Child’s post (hold 1 min.)

  • Downward dog (hold 1 min.)

  • Sitting side stretch (hold 30 sec. each side); keep your chest open

  • Sitting middle stretch (hold 1 min.); keep your back flat

  • Back-bend (hold 1 min.)

  • Cat/cow (move through poses for 1 min.)


Now, I want to talk about Melissa’s challenge for a minute. Check out the post for the full details, but I’m choosing to organize 8 little areas of my life. Here’s what I’m planning on doing:

  1. Go through every single item of clothing you have. Get rid of stuff that you really don’t need/want.
  2. Clean out your car.
  3. Organize your Pinterest boards better and delete dead/unused pins.
  4. Go through your blog reader. Add/delete accordingly.
  5. Create a password/username document to keep track of all your online logins.
  6. Complete or start a project you’ve been neglecting (apartment shopping).
  7. Create something that will help you stay organized (new app).
  8. Create a functional recipe binder or box to locate frequently used recipes easier.

I can’t wait to get started on this! Thanks for coming up with the awesome idea Melissa Smile


Sorry my posts have been a bit random and sporadic lately. I’ve had a lot going on and a lot on my mind and have really been trying to focus on my in-person relationships. Things should go back to normal after my LA trip next week!


Last but not least, make sure you check out my post from yesterday to enter the Natural Vitality giveaway!


What’s your favorite stretch? What is the area in your life you most need to organize? My favorite stretch is pyramid pose and I definitely most need to organize my mind.


  1. I just found your blog :) I am totally stealing number 5 from your organizational challenge. I am SO bad at remembering my logins!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks for reading! :) I am always checking that “I forgot my password.” button and I’m sick of it, haha.

  2. Nicole @Fruit'N'Fitness says:

    I am trying to learn to love stretching! I know it’s beneficial and I always feel better after but I have a hard time actually forcing myself to do it. I like the idea of organizing areas, I really need to be better about that too!

  3. Love this post, girl! Stretching is amazing and so beneficial. Whenever I do it, I always feel so much better about everything.

  4. Thanks for bringing that Organization Challenge to everyone’s attention – definitely heading over there to see what it’s all about. I could always use a little more organization in my life.

  5. I don’t stretch near enough. This post has inspired me to do some stretching right now, especially because I’m crazy sore!

  6. I need to clean out my car SO badly! I am so good about keeping my apartment super clean, but for some reason my car is always put on the back burner. I need to put this on my list of things “to do” for the Spring!

  7. AHHHH!!! And here I thought you have been MIA or something because I haven’t seen any new posts from you on my feed or in my emails! Man, do I have alot to catch up!!!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Haha, I bought my own domain! So maybe the link switched? Sorry! :( Re-subscribe :) :)

      • That is weird b/c I’m already sub to you. I even deleted you and re-added it. I also noticed that you have a “log in” (to WP) option at the bottom of your screen when I’m already logged in. And, I tried logging in to see, and it told me my info is incorrect. Wtf? I also do not see the bar at the top to follow your page like before. I wonder if this is only happening to me. I guess I just have to remember to keep checking your page!

        • allison.hayes91 says:

          Awww, I don’t know!! I will include that in my post tomorrow and see if anyone else is having the same issue. Thanks for trying so hard to fixit and letting me know :)

  8. I looooove stretching, especially at the end of a yoga class! My favorite one is the “supine pigeon” – basically pigeon but on your back. I have really stiff hips and this stretch is incredible :)

  9. My mind? Haha just kidding…kind of. My closet, however, definitely needs to be reorganized! And my favorite stretch is pigeon…I <3 hip openers :) Cat-cow is a close second…love the way it stretches out and opens my back!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Did you see I wrote my mind for my answer at the end?! Lol. We have some of the same favorite stretches, too….twins.

  10. I used to be the worst when it came to stretching, however now that my workouts consist of walking, I love stretching. It just makes me feel… good :)

  11. Great organization goals!! I FINALLY posted mine today. A few I’ve already accomplished. :)


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