Stretching feels so good! If you can’t imagine your life without lifting – WAIT until you add in flexibility training.
A Quick & Easy Flexibility Routine to get Bendy Fast
I really can’t emphasize enough how important I think stretching is as part of a healthy fitness program. Both men and women can benefit greatly from incorporating agility training into their routine.
The best time to stretch is post-workout when your muscles are relaxed and you have completed any challenging strength-training exercises. However, light bending during your warm-up is fine and some athletes even like to ease muscle tightness between heavy lifts by lengthening muscle fibers during rest periods. I recommend my clients dedicate a minimum of ten minutes a day to improving flexibility. This time can be throughout their workout or as part of the cool-down.
Here are 10 Good Reasons to Stretch!
- Straighter Posture. So many aspects of your life improve when you stand a little taller!
- Improved Balance. When you are holding positions your body is unfamilar with, stabilizer muscles kick in to save the day!
- Better Quality of Life. Playing sports, holding children and even getting into a low sports cars are all activities that can be ruined due to arthritis, a disease that can be prevented by stretching.
- More Attractive Muscle Shapes. Lengthening the muscle fibers as they repair to grow stronger develops beautiful body symmetry.
- Reduced Back Pain. Including light trunk rotations will improve spine health.
- Ease Muscle Soreness. Slow, light stretching will release tension and relieve the tight feeling of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Mental Fortitude. Stronger willpower grows as you overcome the urge to give up and begin to enjoy the focus required to hold deep stretches.
- Less Chance of Injury. Staying nimble allows you to take falls like a champ, and if you do get banged up, you will recover faster.
- Establishes Mind/Body Connection. Keep your body in harmony.
- Promotes circulation. Stretching increases blood supply to the muscles and joints which allow for greater nutrient transportation and improves the circulation of blood through the entire body.