Is stretching good for you?

Stretch or not stretch? That is the question. But the answer is simple: stretch! Stretching exercises are good for you in so many ways. We want to dive into these today and give you a little insight into why stretching should be part of your routine.

The importance of flexibility

Many other things improve with flexibility, such as balance, posture and even strength. When you are young, and even as you grow older, it is important to remain flexible so that you can do things that you can take for granted at this time, such as putting on socks or bending to choose something you have dropped. One way to stay flexible is to stretch and often stretch.

Advantages of Stretching

Reduce stiffness, aches and pains

Do you know that a few days after a heavy workout, getting up from a sitting position is 100x harder? Stretching before and after exercise can help! Modifying stretching as part of your routine will help maintain or increase your movement and keep your joints healthy for longer. Stretching before and after exercise can also be very helpful in preventing injuries.

Improves postures

According to OR Today, stretching can help to counteract the effects of sitting in the long term and, as a result, reduce back pain. So stretching can help you stay a little taller with a better posture and walk / win / win all your life less walking.

Stress less

When your muscles keep tense, it adds more stress to your body than needed. By stretching your muscles, you can reduce your body tension and feel less stress overall. So, if you are particularly stressed out, a gentle yoga class or a muscle stretching lesson could help!

Better circulation

Stretching allows your body to get a better blood supply. This one little thing has a domino effect, for example, more energy, better memory and faster healing time.

Where to start

The best place to start – as with most things in life – is where you are comfortable. If you are a beginner or want an awesome yoga training, this is a great place to get stretched in one of our yoga classes, either in the Studio or in your group training room. We love this opportunity because you will learn the right guidance from a mentor who will guide you through the movements, and there will be a group of people that will be with you. If you want to give it a try yourself, explore resources for dynamic and static stretching online.

When to stretch

Many people think that a little calf stretching after leg training after leg training is a lot, but that's not the case. For best results, you should stretch before and after exercise, but these stretching styles are different. It is worth trying dynamic stretching before exercising. This means that you have completed the dynamic stretches and movements that mimic the workout you intend to do. These stretches can often be part of your warm-up routine that is never missed. Examples include buttocks, forearms, core twisting, and the like. After you want to stretch statically after your workout, these are the stretches you can visualize when you hear the word "stretch". Calf stretches, pidgeon poses, sticks stretches, etc. are all static stretches.

Bottom line: You should add daily stretches to your workout routine. Establishing a specific stretching routine can benefit you in so many ways. You'll find plenty of places to stretch in all our locations. Whether you are using a turf, a group training class or finding a place on the gym floor, there is a comfortable place for everyone to stretch before and after your workout. If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our team members, they would be happy to show you a few stretches or find someone who can. We can't wait to meet you!

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