Stretching is a healthy habit that really pays off. It should be part of your daily fitness regime – regardless of whether you’re about to start your cardio workout or don’t plan to break a sweat at all.
Hopewood is a strong advocate for gentle exercise. It’s a vital piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Activities, such as yoga and pilates, offer the perfect combination of stretching and relaxation.
Flexibility training is perhaps one of the most under-valued components of personal training and conditioning. Stretching helps to prevent muscle injury, aids muscle growth, and can improve your balance and posture.
There’s no doubt that indulging in flexibility training reaps many benefits. Benefits associated with increased flexibility range from better posture to decreased muscle and joint stress.
Here are just some of the perks regular stretching may provide!
You will stress less
A build-up of stress can cause your muscles to contract, making your whole body feel tight and uneasy. Stretching can help tame tension both physically and mentally, by increasing muscle relaxation and blood flow. Relieving tight muscles not only helps us to feel more relaxed and less stressed, it can also make you feel more energized.
You will hurt less
Incorporating flexibility training into your daily routine can help reset the muscle lengths and help prevent injury. Stretching helps to increase your body’s range of motion, it also relieves injuries related to overuse and muscle tightness.
You will perform better
Flexibility is a performance enhancer, whether you’re a professional athlete or a desk jockey. If your muscles are already tense because you don’t often stretch, then they will be less effective during exercise. Make the most of your sweat session by incorporating stretches before and after your workout.
A stretching session as part of your daily routine will improve your flexibility, increase your muscle tone and balance your body and mind. Finding the best stretches to compliment your lifestyle can improve both the quantity and quality of your muscles, joints and your overall health. So, why not give it a go today?