5 Reasons Why You Should Stretch

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Stretching exercises can often take a back seat to cardio and strength training.
Regular stretching is just as important as 5 Reasons Why You Should Stretchother types of exercise. Here are some of the main benefits of stretching.

1.  STRETCHING HAS A CALMING EFFECT – Stretching helps you to slow down and relax. Coupled with deep breathing stretching can help reduce stress.

2.  MAY REDUCE THE RISK FOR INJURY – Stretching may decrease the occurrence of muscle imbalance and joint dysfunction.

3.  DECREASE MUSCLE SORENESS AND INCREASE RANGE OF MOTION IN YOUR JOINTS – Stretching your muscles after a tough workout will prevent that tight feeling you may have post-workout.

4.  IMPROVE POSTURE – For example, tight chest muscles with opposing weak muscles in the shoulders and upper back can pull your shoulders forward resulting in poor posture.

5.  PROMOTES CIRCULATION – Stretching can increase the blood supply to muscles

Types of Stretching:

Static Stretching – passively taking a muscle to the point of tension and holding the position for 30 seconds. This is the most common form of stretching and a great way to cool down the body.

Dynamic Stretching – using the body’s momentum to take a joint through the full range of motion. For example performing a body weight squat for 10 repetitions. This is a great way to warm up the body.

Unless you have a particularly tight muscle I recommend spending 15 minutes at the end of your workout to go through a full body stretching routine. When I put my clients through a movement assessment I will identify any muscles that are tight and should be stretched prior to their workout.

Check out my store to find a few options for stretching bands. My favorite is the OPTP Stretch Out Strap.

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