You’ve probably heard that you should stretch before and after exercising And you may even be thinking that stretching takes too much time. But by not giving your muscles time to stretch you could be setting yourself up for injury.
Stretching before exercising helps to warm your muscles and keeps them flexible throughout your workout.
When you exercise, your muscles naturally respond by tightening, causing your joints to feel stiff. Once the stiffness sets in, it becomes difficult to exercise or even move about. But don’t sit still and wait for the discomfort to go away. The secret is to stretch your muscles before and immediately after an exercise routine or activity.
Stretching after a workout helps to speed the removal of toxins and waste, reducing the muscle soreness that is sometimes experienced after exercising. It helps the blood flow through your muscles for better flexibility.
Relieve stress and alleviate back pain by gently stretching the muscles in your torso, neck and shoulders. Stretch the muscles in your feet prior to walking to reduce heel pain.
So, whether you need to relax, going for a power walk or just completed a resistance-training workout … be sure to stretch, stretch, stretch to provide flexibility and maintain healthy muscles and joints. I can’t say this enough. So please, stretch¬–I don’t want you to get hurt.
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