Love it or hate it, stretching is an essential part of your workout routine.
When you’re feeling pumped and you’re raring to go, it’s easy to throw yourself straight into a workout without warming up. However, a few simple stretches can have a huge impact on your health.
Core Balance explores why it’s so important.
It’s called a warm up for a reason.
Stretching before you exercise warms up your muscles, so you’re good and ready for your workout. Failing to do so could increase muscle tension and the chances of injury.
Always be careful not to bounce when you’re stretching as it could cause micro tears in the muscles and tighten them even further.
Warming up before a workout slowly increases your heart rate and circulation.
This loosens up your joints and improves blood flow to your muscles, decreasing muscle soreness and speeding up the healing process if you have a muscle injury.
Stretching increases flexibility and the ability of your joints to move through their full range of motion. This allows you to bend and twist with greater ease to prevent you from overstretching and reduce the risk of injury.
Stretching also improves your performance when performing daily tasks, such as lifting boxes, walking up stairs and carrying the weekly shop.
By reducing muscle tightness, stretching also helps to improve your posture.
A good posture can minimise discomfort when you’re exercising, combat aches and eradicate pains. Improving your body alignment is also important if you regularly practise yoga.
Relieving muscle tightness and tension will help your body feel more relaxed and reduce stress. When you’re feeling stressed, it drains you of energy and hinders your performance.
After a heavy workout, stretching is probably the last thing you want to do, but hear us out.
Stretching after you exercise gradually slows down the body rather than stopping it abruptly, helping your muscles to recover more effectively and reducing the risk of injury.
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