All about 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.
Regular stretching can help increase and 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.
How to Include Stretching into Your Workout
The two basic types of stretches – the ballistic stretch and the static stretch – are essential in your warm-up and cool-down routine. Combine stretching, a strength training routine, and cardio intervals for best fitness results.
Always stretch your whole body. Don’t skip certain muscle groups. If your workout or the sport you play focus on or use a specific muscle group, perform additional stretches for that body part.