Stretching is an essential part of a person’s physical fitness. With the help of stretching exercises, the ligaments and muscles become elastic, compacted and gain strength.
Stretching is the most important link between the passive and active states of your body. It maintains muscle flexibility, prepares you to move, and helps you move from inactivity to vigorous action without undue stress. This is especially important when running, cycling, playing tennis, and other intense physical activities because strenuous exercise causes stiffness and tension in muscles and joints. Stretching before and after your workout will keep you flexible and possibly save you from the most common injuries, such as knee problems in runners and shoulder or elbow pain in tennis players. Due to the fantastic growth in the number of fans of physical exercises, the need for specific and accurate knowledge on this issue is coming to the fore. Stretching exercises are quite simple, but doing them incorrectly can do more harm than good. That is why it is so important to master the basic skills in this area.
When to stretch?
Stretching can be done at any time that suits you: at work, in the car, at the bus stop, walking down the street, under a shady tree after a walk, or on the beach. Stretch before and after exercise, but in addition, do not neglect any opportunity that arises during the day.
Here are some convenient moments for stretching exercises
- in the morning before work
- at work to relax the nervous system
- sitting or standing for a long time without moving
- when the body is numb
- from time to time during the day, such as watching TV, listening to music, reading, or sitting and talking.
Stretching allows the brain to relax and restores the rhythm of your body, so it should be part of your daily routine.
Regular stretching brings many benefits.
- reduces muscle tension and causes the body to relax;
- develops coordination, allows you to move more freely and easily;
- expands the range of available movements;
- helps prevent injuries such as muscle strains (a strong, flexible, warm muscle is better able to withstand tension than a strong, stiff, unstretched muscle);
- prepares you for physical activity and facilitates strenuous activities such as running, skiing, tennis, swimming and cycling; this is a kind of way to warn the muscles about the upcoming
- Stretching helps keep your body flexible and prevents the joints from becoming less mobile.
- teaches you to feel your body: by stretching the various parts of the body, you concentrate your attention on them and establish mental contact with them, thus gradually knowing yourself;
- helps to weaken the mental control over the body, which begins to move “by itself”, and not at the command of your Self or obeying the competitive instinct;
- By doing stretching exercises, you ensure your well-being.
Author: Alexander Kuznetsov
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