In the fitness and sport industry, a stretching routine is part of the training plan or fitness program, either as a warm up or a cool down, the stretching routine is there to protect the joints from injury and keep the body healthy.
Sometimes we get confused in the middle of the whole getting fit and flexible goals. For the gym goers might not be as important as the athletes who compete. But actually stretching does good for everyone.
WHY STRETCHING IS IMPORTANT?
“Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight.”- Harvard Medical School
But why do they do that? The nervous system has a lot to do with it. The body as the mind likes to safe energy, that means, learns to repeat the same over and over because is easier, it becomes automatically, a habit.
BENEFITS OF STRETCHING
I would never expect to find in a holistic approach in a Russian coach who one of his books chapter is dedicated on why fear and anxiety reduce flexibility. To obtain maximum benefits from a flexibility program is needed to be known ad understood what is to be possible to achieve.
The benefits that you get in applying a stretching routine to gain flexibility are to avoid injury, to help your body to recover faster and perform better as an athlete. As an office person or someone that perform monotonous work, it will help to counterpart hours of been in the same position.
Has the key elements to develop skill, strength and health. Exercises are performed in movement.
Exercises are perform for long time in a position. Static stretching can be passive, assisted, active, isometric and something called Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.
KEYS TO GET YOUR FLEXIBILITY GAME ON
1.- Master muscular tension
2.- Tell your nervous system that stretching is fine and safe
3.- Create a new habit to maximize the length of your muscles
Stretch it out smart and keep building a heathy and fit body. Happy Flexi Friday.