Flexibility gives you immediate and long-term benefits. It is crucial in preventing injuries and alleviating body pains. Also, flexibility training is a critical aspect of gaining strength and size.
Aside from preventing injury, being flexible helps promote better posture, which helps show off the muscular physique you worked so hard to build.
With every muscle toning or calorie burning exercises you do, make sure to incorporate one flexibility and stretching session. Stretching helps relieve tension in your body and help you feel good.
Types of Stretching
There are many ways to stretch, and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Some are more suitable for warming up, while some are better for injury rehabilitation and athletic improvement.
When it comes to warming up and helping athletes involved in sports that require fast ballistic type movements, dynamic stretching is the best way to go. But it’s not a great option improving range of motion.
Static stretching is the best form of stretching for improving your flexibility and range of motion. In particular; long hold static stretching and PNF stretching.
What Can Stretching Do for You?
If you’re finding it harder as you age to just bend over to tie your shoelaces, then you really need to improve your flexibility.
It’s natural - flexibility decreases as you age. It’s because your tendons become more rigid. Your muscles and joints will then have difficulty moving. Will help bring back your range of motion and provide flexibility.
Stretching also improves circulation to your arms and legs, muscle control, and increases your sports performance. It can also help improve your balance and coordination. In effect, you posture, self-esteem and self-confidence get a boost too. Stretch those muscles every day helps you relax and invigorate your body and improve your overall health.
Start with about 10 minutes of stretching a day. Focus on the major muscle groups: upper body (arms, shoulders, neck), back, and lower body (thighs, calves, ankles). Then, focus on specific stretches for problem-prone areas. So if you’re sitting at a desk from nine to five, you’ll want to give extra attention to your lower back and shoulders. If you’re always on the move, concentrate on your hamstrings and arms.
Stretching in the morning goes a long way too. It helps get your muscles ready and blood circulating properly. Stretch and you are now invigorated and ready for the day ahead.