Stretching is very important for flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention. Incorporating stretches into your daily workout is a given but including them in your day routine is just as important to health and body functioning as regular exercise. It relaxes your muscles and increases blood flow and nutrients to your muscles.
For me personally, I used to think that stretch exercises were a waste of time. And a lot of people feel the same way too because of only one reason… One cannot see the tangible results of stretching unlike when you’re doing weight training or squats. However, one has to change that mentality because there are great benefits for stretching. Then there’s this question of “should I stretch before or after a workout session?”
Well, personally I like to stretch after my workouts because by then my muscles and joints are not as tight and stiff as before I started working out. You risk getting an injury or tearing your muscles when you stretch them while they’re still tight. After a workout the muscles and joints feel warm and are pliable to change which makes it easier to stretch.
BENEFITS OF STRETCHING:
- Decreases risk of injury
- Enables flexibility
- Promotes blood circulation
- Reduces soreness in the muscles
- Reduces cholesterol
- Improves athletic performance
- Improves posture
- And regular stretching just keeps your muscles flexible, strong and healthy and we need flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints.
There are actually a lot benefits for stretching. I just named a few above. Stretching is also great at relieving stress and it also encourages the release of endorphins, providing a sense of tranquility and euphoria.
Hold a stretch for 30 seconds. Don’t bounce, which can cause injury. You’ll feel tension during a stretch, but you should not feel pain. If you do, there may be an injury or damage in the tissue. Stop stretching that muscle, and talk to your doctor.
Instead of thinking, “Stretching is agony and boring,” change your mindest and say “This is just what my body needs” and “I’m getting more flexible each time I stretch.” #PostiveMindset BOOM lol