Stretching is not something that is optional, you don’t have to consider it part of your work out routine but it is very effective in helping in certain areas. You will decrease your risk of injury during a work out, and you will also improve your range of motion. Exercise caution when stretching, and don’t over due it if you are experiencing an injury of some sort. Your aim also shouldn’t be pain, but you should feel tension, rather, when you stretch.
- Stretching can improve flexibility and increase blood flow to the muscles.
- Stretch major muscle groups: calves, hips, thighs, lower back, neck and shoulders.
- Hold a stretch for 30 seconds without bouncing or feeling pain.
“Some research shows that stretching doesn’t reduce muscle soreness after exercise, and other studies show that lengthening the muscle and holding the stretch immediately before a sprint may slightly worsen performance.”