Stretching is an important part of any fitness session.
For any athlete, more or less experienced, this step cannot be skipped since it prepares the body to handle better the workout.
However, in many situations, stretching is not done correctly thus leading to injuries.
Here is a list of 5 advices for a correct stretching session.
They will help you understand why stretching is important and how it should be done properly.
Don’t confuse stretching with flexibility!
The basic definition of stretching is the following: a series of exercises performed in order to increase the body’s flexibility. On the other hand, flexibility is connected with the joint’s range of motion. Depending on how tight are your muscles, you can have a certain degree of flexibility.
Control your movements!
A good stretching routine includes controlled, slow movements. It is important to control the stretching, to slowly move from one exercise to another. In the same time, make sure that you work within your flexibility limits. When stretching you have to pay attention to dangerous stretching, especially if you are a beginner.
Avoid a long session of stretching before working out!
Many specialists claim that if you overstretch before the workout it’s not productive at all. A few stretches are the perfect beginning of a good fitness session: just warm up your muscles a little bit!
Learn all about holistic stretching!
What you have to understand is that any efficient and good workout implies a mental implication as well. For this reason, many trainers recommend combining simple stretching with holistic stretching. Basically, in simple words, it means that you have to get into a serene state of mind. So, you have to control your mind as well in order to have great results.
Stretch according to your fitness program!
The idea is to focus your effort on the muscles that you will be using during the fitness session. Of course, simple stretching works well for many programs. However, for some routines it is recommended to customize the stretches.
Now that you have some clues on what is best and what is not, all there is left to do is find the next gym and apply what you’ve just learned!
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