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Old 1st November 2014, 01:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why Stretching Is Just as Important as Exercise

Did you know that regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise? If you're like me, you probably neglect this aspect of your fitness regime, even though stretching has major benefits. Hopefully these reasons will inspire you to make it part of your schedule!

Here are some of the main benefits of stretching:

For Your Body

Helps improve flexibility (increases your range of motion)
Assists in correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position (because of so much time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscles which pulls the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with a hunched shoulder look)
Potential to decrease injury by preparing muscles for work before activity
Increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles, thereby possibly reducing muscle soreness
For Your Mind

Even a short amount of time (10-15 minutes) of stretching can calm the mind, provide a mental break, and give your body a chance to recharge
Classes like yoga or pilates offer you a chance to spend an hour releasing tension physically and mentally

To get the most out of the stretching you do, here are some suggestions:

Why Stretching Is Just as Important as Exercise
Skip the Pre-Workout Stretch

Your muscles should be warm before you begin your stretching. Do a warmup before a workout that simulates the movements you'll be doing in order to warm up and prepare your body. Stretch after the workout when your muscles are already warm.

Focus on the Muscles That Need the Most Help

Instead of trying to stretch your whole body after every time you exercise, focus on a key area of the body each time. Spend longer on each stretch and include more stretches for each area. If you are aware of muscles that are tight, then focus on those ones.

Include One Long-Duration Flexibility Session Each Week

Choose a flexibility class, such as yoga, hot yoga, pilates, or do your own flexibility work for 45-60 minutes at least once a week. If you're having trouble sticking to it, follow these strategies and build it into your schedule/calendar.

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Re: Why Stretching Is Just as Important as Exercise

Yes, it is very important to stretch your muscles before and after exercise.

I also do my own stretching exercise for about an hour every morning.

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Benefits of stretching

For your body
  • Helps enhance flexibility (will increase your variety of movement)
  • Assists in correct posture by using lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the frame faraway from their supposed position (due to a lot time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscle tissues which pulls the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with a hunched shoulder look)
  • Potential to decrease harm via preparing muscle tissues for work before pastime
  • Increases blood and nutrient supply to muscle tissue, thereby likely reducing muscle soreness

For Your Mind
  • Even a short quantity of time (10-15 mins) of stretching can calm the thoughts, provide a mental break, and deliver your body a hazard to recharge
  • Classes like yoga or pilates provide you a danger to spend an hour liberating anxiety bodily and mentally

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Imagine that you pump one muscle again and again eventually it will become stiff. If you don`t stretch and allow your muscles to rest you will have a lot of troubles with your body.

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