Stretching, done correctly, is very good for you. It promotes flexibility and mobility in your muscles and joints, makes you feel good and reduces your chance of injury when you exercise.
Stretching also helps warm up your body and gets blood and oxygen flowing to all parts of your body: great for your general well-being. Many recently popular disciplines, such as yoga, pilates, callisthenics and Alexander technique rely to a large degree on the benefits of stretching.
When to stretch?
- Before Exercise - reduces your chance of injury
- After Exercise - helps prevent stiffness
- Every Day - if you have a sedentary job or lead the quiet life, stretching regularly is a very beneficial habit to get in to.
It'll keep you lithe, flexible, and more fun to be with.
How to stretch?
There are two main types of stretch:
- Dynamic Stretching - involves moving the joints in a repetitive pattern, gently increasing the range each time, to help warm up and loosen the muscles.
- Static Stretching - involves a single movement, gradually increasing the stretch to the muscle's limit.
Dynamic stretching is typically performed before exercise, static stretching after.
If you are stretching during the day to prevent yourself turning into an amorphous blob, do the dynamic stretches first, then the static stretches.
- Don't stretch if it hurts
- Don't bounce. I know many of us did bouncy stretches at school, but they're bad. BAD!
- Don't stretch anything you've recently injured
All these simple stretches are easy to do and require no equipment.
Do these dynamic stretches first.
Do these static stretches after exercise, or after your dynamic stretches.
- Feet and Ankle Stretches
- Achilles Tendon Stretches
- Calf Stretches
- Quad Stretches
- Hamstring Stretches
- Groin Stretches
- Iliotibial Band Stretches
- Hip Stretches
- Lower Back Stretches
- We want people to demonstrate these stretches. Make a video of yourself performing one of the stretches, then Contact us.