Are you guilty of cheating your daily stretching and flexibility routine? Well if you are, don't sweat it. A lot of us lack in flexibility and more so lazy to sit on a chair or on the ground and stretch our muscles.
When it comes to an effective fitness program, the importance of flexibility is often overlooked because it is not a big calorie burner, but there are so many reasons flexibility should be an integral part of your daily routine. Stretching regularly can help you maintain mobility that may help improve your performance during those tougher calorie burning workouts. For Example: tight muscles can lead to imbalances in the body which may contribute to a limited range of motion or possible injury.If you aren't already including regular stretch sessions in your workout schedule, this is the time to start.
Here is a few helpful stretching tips to help you get started:
WHAT KIND OF STRETCHING SHOULD I DO?
You'll want to personalize your plan and schedule sessions that are appropriate for your body and your goals. If you travel often and experience tightness in certain areas such as your (neck, hips, back etc.) you would want to focus more on specific static stretches that target those key areas. If you play a specific sport you may want to design a plan that incorporates mobility exercises to improve your range of motion and performance.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO STRETCH?
Depending on what type of stretching you'll be focusing on, you may or may not need to warm up beforehand. More dynamic mobility work such as (yoga or pilates) can be done on it's own while static stretching (stretches held for 30-60 sec. at a time) is better performed post workout.
Stretching can be done whenever you want, early morning, noon, or at night. In fact, it's a great way to help wind down your busy day.
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU STRETCH EACH WEEK?
If you aren't currently doing any stretches, trying to aim for 1-2, 10 minute sessions a week should be good to start. Each week you can add more sessions or also increase the duration.
Good news is that as little as 5-10 minutes of static stretching a couple times a week can be really beneficial, so it doesn't have to be an overwhelming task to include more flexibility- focused work into your busy schedule.
If you know on certain days you are unable to complete a full 20-30 minutes in one session, don't worry. You can always break it up into shorter and more manageable sets, or simply do a more focused 5-10 minute stretch on your busy days. The key to success is here is to finding a way to fit your flexibility time without ever stressing out.
We're glad you are here and thankful for joining us. We're in this together, so let's stretch our abilities this week!
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