🧐How often are you stretching…?
🔥There are so many benefits of stretching and i am going to go through the benefits and when you should consider doing your flexibility during the day and week.
SO, one of the first things i aim to do with my clients is help them move better and this will, in most cases, start with how flexible that person is.
💥A basic stretch to toes is a great way to begin any flexibility test. And then a more thorough assessment can be made.
👇The benefits of becoming more flexible are awesome, here are just a few reasons…
1. Better range of motion
2. Reduction of general aches and pains
3. Speed up recovery
4. Become more efficient with movement
5. Improve blood flow
6. Reduce the chances of injury
7. Improve sleep and rest
8. Reduce headaches and tension in the neck
9. Improve performance
10. Improve confidence during exercise to push harder
👉Now a question i get asked is WHEN should you stretch and for how long…
Well, this is very much dependant on the individual.
The tighter you are then the more often you might want to consider stretching.
☢️NEVER stretch a cold muscle, ensure a gentle warm up prior to any stretching as you could pull a muscle.
Daily stretching is advised, ideally in the morning when you get up and prior to going to bed.
🏃♀️If you are regular to the gym or play a sport you may wish to consider stretching as part of your warm up.
Stretching after a work out is not necessary as you will have, in most cases, stretched the muscles during the workout.
👇Here are some areas of the body you may want to stretch prior to starting exercise…
– ANKLES, HAMSTRINGS, HIP FLEXORS
*Upper Body Push Strength Session
– PECTORALS, DELTOIDS, TRICEPS
– LOWER BACK, QUADS, DELTOIDS
– ANKLES, HAMSTRINGS, LOWER BACK, HIP FLEXORS
There is no specific time that you stretch for but as a rule of thumb i would say some where between 10 and 30 seconds, depending on tightness and the individual.
⏰The tighter the muscle then the more time you should spend on that muscle.