Many of us miss out on stretching to save precious gym time, but the consequences could be a lot worse than you think…

What is stretching? 

Stretching is when you extend a body part to its full length to increase blood flow to the muscle.

Why should I stretch? 

Stretching gives better flexibility that improves performance during exercise and helps joints move through their full range. Muscles can then work more effectively. Stretching can also help with relaxation, injury prevention, blood flow circulation, flushing out of toxins and post-workout pain.

What can happen if I don’t stretch? 

Not stretching increases the risk of muscle tear, gives the feeling of tight muscles, and slows down
recovery time.

What are the different types of stretching techniques?

  • Active: the stretcher performs the stretch
  • Passive: done to the stretcher by someone
  • Active-assisted: a combination of active and passive
  • Muscle Energy Technique MET / Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation PNF: isometric contraction of the targeted muscle before lengthening it
  • Ballistic: using rapid, bouncing movement to force the targeted muscle to elongate
  • Dynamic: Actively bring a limb to its full range of motion
  • Static: slowly lengthening the targeted muscle and holding for 30 seconds

When should I stretch? 

The best time to stretch is when the muscles are warm and pliable. This could be during a yoga or Pilates class, or just after exercising.

How long should I stretch for?

Everyone responds to stretching differently. Factors to take into consideration are your daily activity
and its intensity, age, gender, diet, hydration, medical conditions and medications.

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