Stretching loosens up the muscles and makes your body become more flexible. Further, it will increase the mobility of the joints while also improving the movement range of joints and limbs, posture, and circulation. Stretching helps to prevent injuries from occurring during exercising, sports, or weightlifting and it also relieves stress too. Stretching is the lengthening of the muscles with the help of bending the body in various positions. To achieve stretching of muscles, there are various stretching exercises designed.
People that have flexibility have a much less chance of damaging the muscle fiber during an activity that involves putting extra stress on the muscles and are also less likely to get soreness after performing an intense exercise. Before starting with a stretching routine and carrying it out daily there are few stretching techniques that you should know about and use religiously, each and every time that you plan to engage in exercise or sports. Warming up is very important before doing up a stretching exercise. For this you should do a light cardio exercise such as walking for about five minutes.
When doing a stretching exercise it is important that you breathe normally and not try to hold your breath while performing a stretch. Focus on the stretching muscle when doing a stretching exercise and don’t get distracted and focus your mind on other things, concentrate on what you are doing. Make sure that you do not stretch your muscles to the point where they feel pain because if you do you can injure the connective delicate tissues that surround the muscles.
The stretching should be done in slow and gentle movements, not in forceful movements as it can damage the tissues and joints. Before moving on to a workout session, you should stretch, and after the workout because stretching is a good way to prepare for a workout and a best way to cool down your body after a tiring workout session. Stretching is very relaxing and soothing.
Stretching exercises are as easy as stretching and holding the stretch for about 15 seconds. Try not to hold the stretch much longer than that because it can cause over stretching of joints and tendons. Many people focus on “how to stretch” when they really should be focused on “when to stretch.” In order to get the best out of stretching you have to know when to perform those good stretches.
The thing that seems to throw people off is when they should do their stretches. It is best to stretch BEFORE you begin exercising and AFTER for the best benefits. Stretching beforehand allows you to prepare your muscles and increases your flexibility. Stretching after you exercise increases your flexibility and that’s when it takes maximum effect. The stretching that you do before exercising won’t really be the same as the ones after. Stretching before you exercise should only really consist of super mini samples of the exercises that you will be doing during your regimen.