Stretching is one of the most important parts of your exercise regimen that is often ignored. It helps improve posture, reduce injuries, increase blood flow and lengthens tightened muscles. It also happens to have many other benefits for your physical and mental health. Check out these few ideas to help you.
Dynamic stretching involves moving certain muscles or muscle groups through specific in order to stretch them. On the other hand, static stretching involves holding a position for about 30 seconds so that the affected muscles are elongated.
Dynamic stretching is ideal for people involved in high-intensity workouts. It also warms up muscles more than static stretching. Examples include high kicks, waist stretch, knee to chest, and twisting lunges. Doing dynamic stretches regularly will leave you feeling energized and strong.
Static Stretching After a Workout
Regardless of the type of workout you engage in, it is important to make a point of incorporating a static stretching session. Static stretching helps to elongate muscles, thereby increasing their rate of growth and reducing injuries. For best results ensure you do stretching routines that target the muscles affected during the workout.
You’ll need ample amounts of oxygen in your body to get the energy to complete the movements. Learning to breathe properly is an important part of any workout. Ensure that your diaphragm is engaged and not just your rib cage. Practice breathing by focusing on your stomach ensuring its moving up and down as you breathe. This way, you’ll engage your diaphragm and you’ll end up feeling calmer and more relaxed.
Full Length of Motion
Greater flexibility can be achieved by using light weights to ensure that your motion moves through its full range. You can use this technique to condition your muscles before beginning a new routine or workout.