How to Make the Most of Your Stretching Routine
Stretching is a vital part of any fitness program but sadly something many people tend to turn their nose up at. People often figure since stretching does not offer direct benefits like cardio training does, it is something they can just do without.
But, is this the case? Can you make do without your stretching routine? The answer is no. Stretching will help you…
- relieve muscle soreness,
- increase your range of motion, and contribute
- to improving your overall performance
Simply put, it is an absolute must. Let’s look at four points you need to think about to help make the most of your stretching routine…
1. Never Stretch Cold
The first thing you need to know is stretching cold is a “big no-no.” When you stretch cold, the muscles are tight and tense and more likely to suffer from a tear or sprain. Stretch cold, and you may do more harm than good.
A light warm-up of at least five minutes is a wise idea to help get your body prepared for stretching. Often it is ideal to do this right after your workout is completed.
If you are stretching on a non-workout day, a light warm-up beforehand can help get your body prepared.
2. Ease Into The Stretch
Next, make sure you ease into your stretch. As you go about your stretching routine, do not rush in jerking your muscle into position. Jerking the muscle will only increase your risk factor of an injury.
Go slow. Breathe as you lower yourself down and pause when it becomes uncomfortable. Take another deep breath in, pause again and then move lower into the stretch. Repeat this process until you cannot extend any longer.
3. Go For Multiple Rounds
Another tip to help you get more out of your stretching routine is to ensure you are going for multiple rounds of stretching. It is not wise to just stretch once and be done with it. Usually, on your second time, you can extend further so this is where you will make the most progress.
Try performing each stretch for two or even three repetitions for optimal success.
4. Stretch Every Day
Consider stretching every day if you can. The fact is stretching is something needing to be done on an ongoing rate if you are going to see the results you are looking for. Skip a few days here and there, and your muscles will tighten up, and you will notice you are not making progress.
If you can aim to stretch at least on five days each week, this is what will give you the best results.
There you have the facts you need to know regarding your stretching routine. Don’t overlook this critical element of your workout program.