Stretching and You!

Stretching is a very important component of any exercise routine. It warms up the body, works out the kinks, and prepares your body for your workout–without it you can damage your muscles and be more prone to injury. Stretching also increases flexibility by improving your range of motion.

  • Start stretching gradually by simply rotating areas to lubricate the joints and increase your blood flow.
  • Hold each stretch for about 15 seconds or so. Feel the muscle loosening and repeat again
  • Recommended to stretch both static and dynamically for at least 5-10 minutes before workout and a cool down stretch for 5-10 minutes.
  • If you feel any type of serious pain, stop what you are doing.
  • Make sure to breathe! Don’t hold your breath when stretching; breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Be sure you don’t miss out on a specific part body part
  • And it feels great!

Some extra stretches to fit in:

Ankle and wrist rolls both directions, neck rolls rights and left, and arm circles.

Make sure to take the time to stretch before working out and fit into your daily routine! Also check out Yoga for extra moves and relaxtion.

By: Kristy Berg

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