Do you always go hard at the gym but forget to stretch afterwards?
LivingWell Health Club tells us the benefits of stretching and why you need to do it after exercising.
1. Improves Flexibility
Flexibility is important because it improves muscle balance around a joint, decreases the chance of injury and hastens the blood and nutrient supply to muscles and, as such, reduces muscle soreness after training.
2. Avoids Injury
Stretching should not be performed as a warm-up, as you can injure your muscles by stretching them when they are cold. Each major muscle group should be stretched with control, holding each stretch for of 20 to 60 seconds. Stretches should be held at a point of mild tension or tightness, not to the point of pain.
3. Improves Muscles
Muscles shorten and become tight when we engage in exercise. Stretching them out helps to restore and improve their length. When strength training, i.e. with weights, you should stretch the worked muscle group immediately after performing each set.
4. Body Recovery
Stretch after every session to give your body the best opportunity to recover quickly and be at full fitness for your next session.
Remember as well, you should not stretch when recovering from a sprain, fracture or break, when joints or muscles are inflamed, or when stretching results in sharp pain.
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