If you’ve ever noticed the fitness world is an ever changing world, and seemingly monthly there is a new break through.
Some things though, remain as rock solid as the iron your pressing and curling.
First, think of your muscles like a rubber band. Now tie a knot in the middle of it. See what I mean?
There are two (2) basic types of stretching.
We know that a good warmup period pre-work out is important. Post workout is another story and often times we abruptly stop, shower, (hopefully) and go about our business. Static stretching involves holding specific stretches for a longer period of time, (Typically 30 – 40 seconds) for optimum benefits. Over the years studies show that static stretching tends to be best suited for the end of a workout. Why?
According to Acefitness.org
“No pain, no gain is simply not true. Stretching shouldn’t hurt. Stretch to the point of mild discomfort. Try to find a balance of ease and effort in every stretch.”
Often we sit at desks for long periods of time, or for some, stand for long periods of time. Flexibility is crucial to our success.
- Reduced pain and stiffness
- Improved Blood flow and circulation
- Enhanced performance
So, the next time you knock that #beastmode workout out of the park, or come home for the day stiff as a tree, budget the time to streeeetch it out.