Stretching Your Way to a Better You!

Good stretching exercises is a great way keeping your joints mobile and limber. It also helps you to stay healthy and pain free. Stretching is not only useful before a sporting competition but also a great addition to help your muscles relax and tension free.

It is important to know what stretching techniques are the best for you. You do not want to put unnecessary stress on your joints, and some stretches require equipment or advanced range of motion to perform correctly.

The most popular question is…

Why Should You Stretch?
Stretching increases the flexibility of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and ensures your joints to move through a full range of motion. The act of stretching can be beneficial for several reasons. You might stretch to:

• Prepare your body for exercise
• To relax
• To recover from injuries:
• To reduce post workout joint and muscle soreness

As you can see, there are many instances when flexibility training is useful. The great thing is that many stretches can be done in 2 minutes or less. There are different types of stretches. Just to provide a short explanation.

• Static stretching: When you static stretch, you hold a position for a longer period of time.
• Dynamic stretching: When you practice dynamic stretches, you move, which
almost turns the stretch into a warmup exercise. Repetitive movements help increase joint range of motion and increase blood flow to the area.
• PNF stretching: PNF stands for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, but it basically means that a partner helps you stretch.

When Should You Stretch?
Although stretching any time can be beneficial for you, it all depends on your goals.
For example, there are certain stretches that should be done before exercise (dynamic
stretches), and other stretches that should be done throughout the day or after you
exercise (static stretches).

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