Did you know that regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise? If you’re like me, you probably neglect this aspect of your fitness regime (GUILTY haha) even though stretching has major benefits.
Here are some of the main benefits of stretching:
- Helps improve flexibility
- Potential to decrease injury by preparing muscles for work before activity
- Increases blood and nutrient supply to muscles, thereby possibly reducing muscle soreness
And obviously, if you are working out a lot, stretching can do your body wonders.
After exercising, your muscles may feel tight. During weight training, your muscle length shortens. This can leave you feeling tight and sore….directly after your workout, you should stretch the muscles that you just trained to feel less tense.
I have to admit that I’m not a “stretching fan”…working out is more fun haha.
Since I started working out frequently,I lost a lot of my flexibility….that’s why I’m trying to get it back.
A daily short stretching sesh would be perfect…but I’m way too lazy for that haha
I’m doing my flexibility workout once a week for 20-30 minutes.
Here are 7 of my fav stretching exercises:
Stay in this position for 20 seconds
Then take your right ellbow and bring it closer to your right ankle.
If you CAN..place your forearms on the ground…if NOT,it’s perfectly okay to stay up on your arms,as well.
(stay there for 10 more seconds)
Do the same thing on the left side. (3 reps on each side)
Stay in this position for 20 seconds then stretch the other side (3 reps)
Bring your fingers as far away from your body as you can.
Stay in this position for 20 seconds (3 reps)
Stay in this position for 20 seconds….repeat on the left side (3 reps)
Same here…20 seconds and 3 reps
Put your right knee behind your right wrist…your left hip should be in-line.
Sink in here for 20 seconds & change sides (3 reps)
ENJOY THE TORTURE..it’s good for your body!:D