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The Importance of Stretching

April 29, 2018

 

Every day I tell my clients that they need to stretch. This is why-

As you age, your muscles tighten and range of motion in the joints lessens. This can affect general day-to-day living. Tasks that used to be simple, can become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make daily living activities easier. 

Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch between sets.

It does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results. Some of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:

  • Enhanced muscular coordination

  • Increased circulation to various parts of the body

  • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

  • Delayed onset of muscle fatigue

  • Enhanced performance in daily life, sports, or other physical activity

  • Improved posture

  • Mental relaxation

  • Added variety, satisfaction and results to your exercise program

One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before causing injury.

Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order.

The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they'll become injured. 
Consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement.


What is Stretching? 
The act of stretching is to extend or lengthen your body or limbs. Stretching helps you develop and maintain a healthy level of flexibility, which refers to the range of movement at any particular joint. Stretching is also referred to as flexibility training. 

Examples of stretches include: calf stretch, hamstring stretch, triceps stretch, and certain yoga poses and Pilates exercises.
Flexibility training is broadly accepted as a way to increase joint mobility. The goal of stretching is to optimize joint mobility while maintaining joint stability. Although research has shown that different stretching methods will improve joint flexibility, it should be noted that inappropriate stretching can cause injury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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