Muscles feeling tight? Having a hard time touching your toes? The aforementioned are common among many people. Generally, most of us don't make enough time for stretching or we tend to forget about it because the results are not immediate. But something as simple as getting up from your chair, stretching your glutes and hip flexors, is a good step to waking up these tight muscles when you're at work. On another note, if you are working out, then stretching can also do your body wonders by increasing your range of motion.
To reap the benefits of stretching, you'll need to do it the right way. Hold your stretch at the fist sensation of resistance, then breathe your way through it. Feel your body lengthening and your muscle tissues becoming more supple. Remember to pace yourself and not force your body into anything. Be patient with yourself always.
Here are a few tips to get that good posture and blood flow:
1. Focus- Instead of trying to stretch your whole body, try focusing on a key area each time. If you are aware of the areas in your body that are tight, work on those muscles first.
2. You'll want to stretch before and after a workout session. This will help elongate and also strengthen your muscles, preparing them for exercise and will also reduce the risk of injuries.
3. Hold your stretch. Soften your belly, and breathe lightly. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds or 60 seconds for a problematic area.
4. Don't aim for pain. You're always going to feel tension while stretching, but you shouldn't feel any sharp pains. If you do, you've pushed it too far.
5. Keep up with it. Stretching can be time-consuming, but if you want the benefits that come with it, then be consistent and aim for just a few minutes a day.
Remember, stretching doesn't mean you CAN'T get hurt. It won't prevent an overuse injury. So be mindful and always talk to your physical therapist about the appropriate way to stretch if you have any health conditions.
Peace & love,
Anna & Nishia