By: HealthQuest Personal Trainer Adrian Kinsella
One of the most frequently neglected aspects of fitness, yet one of the easiest to do, is stretching. Many people who suffer from constant soreness or impaired mobility could benefit greatly from introducing a few simple stretches to their daily routine.
Broadly speaking, most stretches can be divided into two main categories: static stretching and dynamic stretching.
- Typically held in place for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Relieves sore muscles.
- Best performed AFTER a workout.
- An active repetitive movement.
- Typically will mimic the movement of the exercise performed.
- “Warms” muscles and establishes proper movement patterns.
- Best performed BEFORE a workout.
Benefits of stretching include restoring elasticity to tight muscles, increased range of motion and flexibility, and improved circulation. All of this contributes to a reduced chance of injury, and improved recovery time if you do get injured. Sedentary individuals can benefit from the loosening of overly tightened muscle groups. For example, people who spend much of their day sitting will often suffer from tight hip flexors, which in turn can lead to lower back problems. A few simple stretches can help open the hips up and restore them to “factory standard”. But even many highly active people are sometimes surprised by how much extra tension they are carrying until they try finally giving themselves a good stretch!
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