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Why is stretching important?

Why is stretching important?

Stretching can take as little as 10 minutes, but provides multiple benefits to the body:

  • Decreases pain and soreness after exercise
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves range of motion
  • Improves posture
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Improves your ability to relax
  • Allows time for mental training, such as visualization

Stretching comes in the form of a “warm up” and a “cool down.”

Warm Up:

  • Helps to raise body temperature
  • Increases blood flow
  • Promotes oxygen supply to the muscles
  • Helps prepare the mind, muscles and joints for the physical exercise to come

Cool Down:

  • Prevents blood from pooling in your limbs
  • Helps prevent waste products, such as lactic acid, from building up in your muscles
  • Helps your muscles and tendons relax and loosen, stopping them from becoming stiff and tight.

Proper Stretching Techniques:

  • Perform balanced stretching. This means you should always stretch the muscles on both sides of your body evenly. Don’t stretch one side more than the other.
  • Avoid over-stretching. Never stretch to the point of pain or discomfort. You will feel slight tension or a pull on the muscle at the peak of a stretch.
  • Go slow! Always stretch slowly and evenly. Hold the stretch about 15 seconds and release slowly as well.
  • Never bounce while stretching. This can cause injury as a muscle is pushed beyond its ability. All stretches should be smooth and slow