Stretching Safely and Effectively

Stretching Safely and Effectively

Stretching is an important part of any exercise or workout. It should be performed before you begin any kind of exercise or workout as a safety measure for your body. It allows you to strengthen your muscles and prepare them before you do any exercises. It can also help in reducing the risk of injury. Each part of the body has their own proper stretching exercises you can perform. You can stretch your back, neck, arms, legs and even the whole part your body. Some good examples of stretching exercises include foam-rolling, and dynamic and static stretching. These are perfect as a warm up procedure before you begin your workouts or as a cool-down procedure after you finished working out.

Be sure to follow the reminders below when you are stretching:

  • Only stretch your muscles when you feel like you are already warm. If you haven’t done any exercise yet, warm up your muscles first by walking or running for at least 5 minutes.
  • Don’t rush or skip your stretching routine. It’s an important part of your exercise and workouts and you can’t afford to miss it.
  • Just stretch your muscles gently, slowly, and smoothly. Make sure that you stretch your muscles up to the point that you feel a slight tension and then hold unto to that stretch position for at least 15 seconds. Also, never bounce while you are stretching if you don’t want to cause damage to your muscles.
  • You should breathe normally as you stretch your muscles. Holding your breath will only tighten up your muscles which will be harder for you to stretch.
  • Be sure that you get to stretch every major muscle group of your muscle using the full range of motion and then repeat the same procedure up to 2-3 times.

Stretching is good for your muscles especially for those people who are into sports. You need to stretch every part of your body that feels tight as you are still warming up. You also need to stretch out your muscles after working out while they are still warm. By doing, so you can help prevent any muscle tears or injuries from happening which might affect your career as an athlete.

Stretching after Workout

Stretching after working out is perhaps the safest and most efficient time to stretch your muscles since they are still warm and easy to bend. Your heart rate is still elevated during this time after finishing a workout or exercise which is why this is the perfect time to stretch your major muscle groups.