You hit the gym daily, doing your cardio training and lifting the heavy weights, but stretching? You just don’t have time for that.
Well, it’s time to make time for it because it is one critical component of good fitness. And, quite in fact, those who are more flexible will perform better in all their strength training exercises, so don’t think that you won’t reap big benefits from doing it daily.
That said, you do need to know how to go about your stretching routine properly for good results. Let’s have a closer look at what you should know.
Stretch At The End Of Your Session
First things first, always make sure that you do your stretching towards the end of your workout session. This is when your muscles are already warmed up, so when they will be most limber and best able to move through each stretch.
If you stretch at the start, you risk pulling or tearing a muscle because they’ll be much colder at this point, so that needs to be avoided.
A proper warm-up is an absolute necessity.
Hold Each Stretch For A Minimum Of 15 Seconds
Moving along, also be sure that you are holding each stretch you do for a minimum of 15 seconds, preferably longer. This is what will allow the muscles the chance to fully relax as you move deeper and deeper into the stretch.
Make sure that you also take some deep breaths in and out as you do the stretches as this will help to ensure that you are promoting that higher level of relaxation as you go about the process.
Don’t Bounce During Stretching
It’s also essential that you never bounce up and down while you are doing your stretching. Some people make the mistake of bouncing into the stretch, trying to push themselves further by using momentum and force.
Do not do this.
That is the fastest way to pull or tear a muscle and get yourself seriously injured. Instead, slowly move into the stretch, hold, and then push further if you can.
You should feel some light tension on the muscles, but never a level of deep intense pain.
Repeat Stretches If There’s Time
Finally, repeat your stretch if there’s time. With each repetition you should find that you get slightly more flexible, so this can be a great way to really improve your range of motion.
So keep these quick points in mind as you go about your stretching so that you can be sure you are doing this form of exercise correctly.