Stay Loose – Reasons To Stretch

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Stay Loose – Reasons To Stretch

You’re pushed for time, you’re doing well to get to the gym, straight to it, get your heart rate up for 30 minutes, make a cursory effort in the weights room. You rush back to the change rooms, grab a shower and get back to your day, good work.

Cut to, the next morning, your alarm clock goes off you go to swing yourself out of bed and your neighbours are awoken by an agonised scream coming from the house next door. We know, we’ve been there a hundred times. When you’re doing your best to fly through your workout the first thing you sacrifice is your pre and post workout stretch. Well that is a mistake. Hera are some great reasons why stretching is just as important as exercise:

Stretch

For Your Body

Stretching prepares your muscles for work -without a pre-workout stretch your muscles are not ready which can reduce the benefits of exercise and cause injury.
Increased blood and nutrient supply to muscles – blood and nutrients flowing to your muscles is vital for recovery and growth. A post workout stretch will help reduce muscle soreness.
Improved posture – stretching lengthens the tight muscles that pull parts of your body away from their intended position. Stretching the muscles in your chest, shoulders, legs and back, can help correct the way you sit and stand and prevent those hunched shoulders and help relieve lower-back pain.
Increase your range of motion – an obvious but important point. By improving the elasticity of your muscles you will improve your flexibility which can help your muscles and joints as you get older.

For Your Mind

Relieve stress – when we are stressed our muscles are tense, by relieving this physical symptom through stretching you can actually calm your mind.

Focus on the Muscles That Need the Most Help

Instead of trying to stretch your whole body after every time you exercise, focus on a key area of the body each time. Spend longer on each stretch and include more stretches for each area. If you are aware of muscles that are tight, then focus on those ones.

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