Stretching is one of those things that is always advised but how many of us actually do it? Based on the most recent poll run on Twitter, we found most people either didn’t stretch at all, or only stretched after a workout. This article will highlight why it is important to stretch in general, and the types of stretches you can incorporate to your daily routine.
Stretching helps to improve the way your muscles function, which in turn help with overall performance. In short, this means that daily tasks like lifting boxes or tying your laces would be able to be done with less strain on the body. In addition to this, you are able to perform exercises with a full range of motion. For example, stretching your hip flexors will help with getting depth whilst performing a lunge.
Injuries are very common when muscles are trained whilst cold. Stretching helps to relax tense muscles that may get pulled during exercise. Further to this, it improves your posture – which in turn help to minimise pain and discomfort. Well stretched muscles help to improve your balance and co-ordination.
Better Blood Circulation
Stretching helps to improve blood flow as it helps to lengthen tendons and allows blood to flow to muscles with ease. Increased blood circulation to your muscles helps future functionality as nutrients and oxygen are transported to the muscles during the stretch as the muscles are warm.
Types Of Stretches
There are many types of stretches, however, we are only going to go over two.
- Commonly done before exercise
- Can be used as a warm up
Here are some stretches you can perform before exercising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPHfEnZD1Wk
- Commonly done after exercise as a cool down
- Concentrates on individual muscle groups
- Should not be held for more than 30 seconds
Static Stretch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FCNFuyyWTA
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise used to improve flexibility, increase muscular and core strength, and focuses on breathing. This combination helps to boost mental and physical wellbeing through the performing the various poses and postures. Yoga is ranked by levels of difficulty: vinyasa flow, being advisable for beginners and bikram for the advanced.
Make sure stretching is one of your key MUSTS! It is essential to your getting closer to your fitness goals!