I don’t know about you but I can not get out of bed before I did a nice stretch, taking over the whole bed with a long “good morning world” stretch. It wakes me up and I get that “I am ready for the day” feeling.
This is the one thing I’ve learned over the years – STRETCHING is one of the most, if not most important part of your general wellbeing.
Benefits of stretching:
Stretching lengthens your muscles which is important for flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention.
It helps to loosen tight muscles. Now, it is also not good to stretch if your muscles are not warmed up (it can cause muscle strains) – before you stretch, take a walk or a quick jog (even if it is in one place) just to get the muscles going.
Loose muscles = helps with blood flow and it relaxes the muscles.
That is why it is so important to stretch after a workout.
You all know I am no expert when it comes to gymming (yet), but one thing I know – the importance of stretching after any excersice, even of you just took a walk.
A few years ago I broke my ankle. Rushed to hospital, I had an operation where they put a plate and screw (sorry, I don’t know the medical terms) into my ancle. I walked with a Moonboot for about 4-5 months after which I had to almost learn how to walk again, thats how weak my muscles were in that foot. I went to the physio and I learned the importance of stretching.
She told me ‘stretch, stretch, stretch’. I obviously had to start slow, but after a while my foot and ankle was 100% functional again and it wasn’t long before I was back on the netball court.
The whole point of this story, I learned the importance of stretching and what it can do for your muscles. It is wonderful for stiff muscles, it might be sore to stretch when your muscles are stiff but you have to work through the pain, it will loosen up.
If you are sick or you are not in a position to exercise, stretching is the perfect way to keep your muscles loose and prevent injuries. Just a short stretch, if it is touching your toes and keeping it there for a few seconds. Any stretch you feel works for the specific muscle that it stiff – you will feel the difference in your movement real fast.
Stretching after a workout-
A full body stretch, and each stretch you do, hold it for atleast 30 seconds. It will lengthen your muscles which will prevent injuries or stiffness the next day.
Stretching = Relieve + strong muscles