The Importance of Stretching Before and After Every Workout

When it comes to exercise, the majority of the thought and focus is placed on the actual activity, such as weightlifting, aerobics, or even sport. However, not much, if any, attention is paid to preparing your body for the activity or helping it to repair itself afterward. This comes in the form of stretching and is the most commonly overlooked, yet very important, aspect of exercise. Keep reading to find out more.

 

Release!

Do you spend most of your day sitting at a desk staring at a computer? How about crouched down gardening or lifting heavy items? If you answered yes, then throughout the day, your muscles and joints become tense and locked.

 

Once this happens, it doesn’t matter how much exercise you do, the muscles remain in a tense position, limiting its movement and the ability for you to exercise.

 

A simple 10 minute stretch before your workout is all that your body needs to not only reduce the tension but to also release any knots which have accumulated throughout the day.

 

Pain!

Everybody suffers from the dreaded post-workout pain which arrives the next day and puts you in a position where you can barely get out of bed, let alone walk to the bathroom and then to the bus! And while it’s your body’s natural way of healing, it shouldn’t hurt so much that it limits your life.

 

Stretching after your workouts releases all of the muscles you have just worked out, helping … Read More . . .

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