Stretching tends to be one of the most crucial parts of any successful workout that gets overlooked on a regular basis. The benefits of stretching range from basic flexibility to the ability to prevent injury, but only if done correctly. Stretches must also be tailored to the type of workout you are going to be doing. Your stretches for leg day will be very different from your stretches for upper body workouts, though there are certain types of stretches that can be universal. If you would like to learn more about proper stretching techniques or want to take your exercise routine to the next level, contact us at Five Seasons Family Sports Club today!
The Best Time to Stretch
Before we get into the main benefits of stretching, it is important to first learn when the proper time to stretch actually is. Popular opinion would tell you to stretch before you do anything else, but this can actually be detrimental. Stretching cold muscles can lead to muscle strains and even tears. The right time to stretch is actually after a short warmup of physical activity. Even if you simply do a quick 5-minute cardio session on the bike or treadmill before your stretches, your body will be much more ready to engage and stretch those muscles. Overall, you can get your warmup and stretches done in about 10-15 minutes depending on your body’s need.
One of the biggest benefits that everyone thinks of when it comes to stretching is your overall flexibility. The equation is simple: the more you stretch, the more flexible you will become. If your goal is to become more flexible, it is important to take things gradually with your stretching. If you try to jump into the splits on your second week of stretching, chances are that you are going to injure yourself pretty badly. With stretching, a little caution and a lot of common sense
Some of the most common terms we hear in muscle injuries are rips, tears, and strains. When you stretch, you are allowing your muscles to move much easier and fluid-like, which in turn greatly reduces your chances of injury. There is, of course, no way to completely avoid the possibility of injury, but stretching can help immensely.
Increased Nutrient Levels
When you stretch your muscles, you are increasing the blood flow and blood supply across your body. By increasing the blood flow, you are allowing highly oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to rush straight to your muscles when you need it. By pumping your muscles with highly oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood, you can push yourself harder and further in your workouts!
Stretching is immensely important for your body to function at the highest level. Stretching after your warmup and after your workout can help keep your muscles limber and flexible, keeping you healthy and injury free. If you would like to learn more about how you can take your workouts to the next level contact one of the elite trainers at your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club!