Stretch your way to a better day (and win free stuff!)

Want to win a free Pilates kit, 10 relaxation CDs, and a one-year subscription to Total Health Magazine? It's as simple as reading this post ...

Snooze buttons, beware: This lady is about to start training for a relay sprint triathlon, and she won't let a little thing called "sleep" stand in her way.

Veteran triathlete Sus has cajoled threatened brainwashed convinced me and Jacob to join her in the Giant Acorn Triathlon, a feat of reasonable human endurance set among the lovely vistas of Bumpass, Va.

Yes. Bumpass. Moving on.

We have less than 14 weeks to get our own bumpasses in gear so we can complete the relay course with some dignity intact. I will be swimming, thanks to a merciful God who gave me friends who enjoy running and biking.

Besides the warm-up, cool-down, tapering, emergency room visits, and whatnot, an integral part of my training regimen will be stretching so my muscles stay limber and my stress levels stay low. But it turns out stretching benefits everyone, not just those being forcibly woken every morning to swim training for an athletic event.

Check out this video from this week's The Juice to learn handy stretches you can do at your desk and in your home to release tension and improve focus:

Added bonus to taking time out of a busy schedule for a mental/body stretch break: You can focus your newly restored mind on winning a blissful prize pack from BlogHer's online community The Juice, sponsored by Tropicana Trop50.

Just leave a comment below sharing your favorite stretch or relaxation activity, and you'll be entered to win the following:
* Complete Pilates Kit

* Set of 10 Relaxing CDs

* 1-Year subscription to Natural Health Magazine
That's all worth over $100 -- and that figure doesn't even include the value of my hard-earned sweat and tears in training for this sprint triathlon and blogging about it. Bargain!

So get your stretch on, brighten your day, and stay tuned for the announcement of the winner (not to mention occasional updates on my path to athletic prowess). Thanks everyone!

P.S. You can also check out the last post I wrote for a Juice contest, all about turning your spare change into social change.