Stretching

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There are so many benefits when it comes to stretching and as tedious as it may seem to some of us, this is one area not to neglect.

Reasons why stretching is so important:

-Stretching is ultimate for preventing injuries. It is a great way to cool down after your workout and helps relieve post-exercise aches and pains.

-After a hard workout, stretching the muscles will keep them loose and lessen the shortening and tightening effect that can lead to post-workout aches, pains and stiffness.

-Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest will help keep your back in better alignment and improve your posture.

-Helps reduce or manage stress. Well stretched muscles hold less tension and therefore, leave you feeling less stressed. –

-Promotes blood circulation. Stretching increases blood supply to the muscles and joints which allow for greater nutrient transportation and improves the circulation of blood throughout the entire body.

-Decreases the risk of low-back pain. Flexibility in the hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles attached to the pelvis relieves stress on the lumbar spine which in turn reduces the risk of low-back pain.

NOTE: When stretching, try to hold the stretch for roughly 30-45 seconds so you are at a point where you can feel the stretch but do not experience any discomfort. If you feel discomfort, ease back on the stretch. Remember not to bounce when holding the stretch.

Static stretching is considered the safest method of stretching. A static stretch involves holding a pose for a period of time. Anything less than 20 seconds won’t make a significant difference in lengthening muscle fibers and tissue.

  • Calf Stretch
  • Flexibility Motivation
  • Glute Stretch
  • Good Morning Routine
  • Hamstring & Lower Back Mobility
  • Hamstring: Inner Thigh Stretch
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Hotel Stretch Routine
  • Post Flight Refresher
  • Shoulder: Back Stretch
  • Shoulder Stretch
  • Shoulder:Lower Back Stretch
  • Hotel Stretch routine
  • Hip Mobility