I know I’m not the only one who’s guilty of not remembering always to take the proper time for flexibility training. The importance of it, however, should be enough to remind us to stretch and bend so that we can perform even better down the road!
Let’s break down the different types of stretching that there are & some tidbits about them! (these also move through a continuum as well)
For fuller and proper range of motion movement before exercise, particularly cardiovascular exercise with repetitive movement, Foam Rolling is best to get rid of adhesions in the muscles that need to be worked out – a.k.a. knots. Then, if you perform static, active, or dynamic stretches you are able to properly stretch those areas without injury.
Taking the time to work on flexibility before exercise can help to prepare the body for the stress about to be placed upon it (whether it’s through weights or cardio work) – whereas post-exercise flexibility movements help to get the body back to it’s ‘pre-exercise’ state before going about your business thereafter. (This also coincides with the Warmup and Cooldown)
The moral of the story: TAKE TIME TO STRETCH!
When working out or preparing to workout, we’re taking our bodies in to various states of activity that can maneuver and adjust our muscles and tendons and ligaments past their normal range of motion or placement within the body. Preparing the body can make sure it’s warmed up and ready to go. Recovering properly with stretching can ensure you get yourself realigned and ‘thank’ your muscles for the hard work they’ve just exerted!
Do you take the appropriate time to stretch?
What types of stretching do you feel you need more of?