Today’s topic is all about stretching as it is so important for your body, particularly if you exercise.
Why do we need to stretch?
Lactic acid builds up in the muscles after exercise, which can lead to muscle fatigue and soreness. Stretching after a workout can help to reduce muscle soreness and allow your body to recover quicker, enabling you to exercise again sooner.
Stretching your muscles after a workout can also reduce the likelihood of injury.
Stretching can also be a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day. It gives you time to slow down, breathe deeply and relax (something many of us rarely have time for in our busy day).
How long should I stretch for?
You should stretch each muscle you have used 2-3 times and hold each stretch for 30 secs- 1 min. There should be no sharp pains when stretching. Start slowly and don’t push yourself, or your muscles too hard. Know your limit and breathe deeply into the stretch.
What are the benefits of stretching?
-Increased flexibility (allowing for a greater range of movement in exercises)
-Pain and injury prevention
-Quicker recovery times
-Allows you to de-stress and relax
-Increased energy levels
-Endorphin kick (endorphin’s are released once your body has cooled down after a workout)
-Promotes muscle tone
-Can reduce cramping (if the body is hydrated too)
Want to go the extra mile? I’d suggest adding a yoga class into your weekly exercise regime (this can be done via YouTube videos or a local class) and I guarantee you’ll start to notice the benefits immediately.