Stretching is a healthy habit that should be part of your daily fitness regime – regardless of whether you’re about to start an intense cardio workout or go for a short morning walk.
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. Yet there’s no doubt, flexibility training reaps many benefits.
Stretching helps to prevent muscle injury, decreases muscle and joint stress, aids muscle growth, and can improve your balance and posture.
Here are just some of the perks regular stretching may provide!
Perfect your performance
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 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.
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.
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?