Fitness Exercises – Stretching

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Fitness Exercises - Stretching

Stretching is an exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent. When you stretch, you expand your muscles and limbs by lengthening or widening. Stretching is essential to overall Fitness.

One of the major benefits of stretching is that it increases your flexibility. Regular stretching can help retain your flexibility and a good range of motion when you grow old, not only for exercising but for your daily activities as well. Flexibility exercises, such as bending and twisting movements cut the risk of injury from strenuous exercise and lessen muscle soreness. Stretching also has postural benefits. Even so, the key to a healthy and natural posture is a balance of strength and flexibility between opposing muscle groups.

Stretching Guidelines
While Stretching appears a bit bland compared to resistance exercises, without a Good Stretch, all your hard work at the gym would go to waste. This section will help you improve and make the most out of your stretches. Read here for more information.
Types of Stretching
Although there are various types of stretching, the Two Basic Types of Stretches are the Ballistic Stretch and the Static Stretch. These two stretches are essential in your Warm-up and Cool-down Fitness Routine. Learn these two stretches in this section.
Neck and Shoulder Stretches
It’s important to maintain good flexibility on your neck and muscles since these are where most people accumulate tension. This section contains instructions on how to stretch your neck and shoulder muscles properly to avoid accumulation of tension.
Chest and Arm Stretches Chest and Arm Stretches
The chest, like the neck, is also a common area for tension build-up. Instructions on how to do the Basic Chest and Arm Stretches that can help prevent muscle tension in the chest and upper back can be found in this section.
Back Stretches Back Stretches
The back takes in tension more than any other part of the body. It is necessary to stretch the back properly after exercise. This section contains instructions on how to do the basic back stretches. Read here for more information.
Leg Stretches Leg Stretches
Another part of your body that you need to stretch is your legs. Instructions on how to do the basic leg stretches which target the major leg muscles like the hip flexor (often the most neglected leg muscle) can be found in this section.
Stretching Sequences Stretching Sequences
This section will provide you with the suggested sequential stretches to have a good and relaxing stretch. When your body becomes accustomed to a particular stretch, you can increase the duration time of each exercise to lengthen a particular stretch.

The Two Basic Types of Stretches – the Ballistic Stretch and the Static Stretch – are essential in your Warm-up and Cool-down Routine. While stretching may appear a bit bland as compared with resistance exercises such as Free Weights and Weight Training exercises, without a good stretch, all your hard work at the gym will not be complete.

Although it seems easier to get into the habit of stretching some muscle groups than others, it is important to stretch all major muscle groups. Besides a general stretch of major muscle groups, stretch the specific muscles required for your sport or Fitness Activity to avoid unnecessary injuries.

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