17July2019

Andaman Chronicle

The Daily Diary of the Islands

Stretching: The First Things in Any Training Program

By Buvnesh

In any kind of exercise / sport, stretching is one of the first things to be implemented in the training program. It is considered one of the fundamental requirements, which must be acquired before getting involved with more sports specific work. Even more, mobility work has become so important that every sport has adopted its own specific stretching regime.

Benefits of Stretching:

-Stretching before and after exercise allows the body to gently pull on all the muscles that will be used, or have been used, decreasing the chance of tearing and injury when a muscle tears that is when injury happens. If a person jumps right into an exercise routine without stretching first a tear is one of the worst things that can happen the most common pain to happen is stiffness.

-Stretching before and after reduces the stiffness that occurs with exercise. If a person gets too stiff they are likely to not continue with the exercise and it will affect their overall fitness. Stretching after an exercise routine allows the muscles to expand and relax over the tense parts of the body.

-Stretching before and after a typical exercise routine will help your body and be so important to fitness. Stretching unblocks twisted nerves, it allows the nerve and the muscle to better connect, it helps to correctly position muscle fibres and it is a great strength builder.

-Lubricating substance from the cartilage within the joints aids the fluid motion of muscles and keeps bones from scraping against one another at connection points in the body.

-Stretching increases flexibility. Flexible muscles can improve daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie shoelaces or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring.

-Stretching improves range of motion of joints and improves posture. Good range of motion keeps an individual in better balance and less prone to falls — and the related injuries — especially as the age progresses.

-Stretching improves circulation. Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles. Improved circulation can speed recovery after muscle injuries.

-Stretching in between your workout routine also helps by enhancing the effect of the workout and avoid stiffness during sets.

Therefore never forget to stretch yourselves before any workout.  Until then, keep grinding! Ciao, till next week! 

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