Stretching routines are beneficial for everybody, irrespective of your age or fitness level. One of the best end results from a daily stretch routine is that your muscles will lengthen, giving you increased flexibility and mobility over time. Those day to day activities that may be a little pesky now will become easier and easier once you start to stretch.
As well as increased mobility, a regular stretching program will improve your muscle coordination, decrease tension in your muscles, reduce lethargy, and increase the blood supply to all parts of your body. Many aches and pains can simply vanish after a regular stretching program has been started. Two great examples of this are the dreaded back or neck pain, and knee pain.
Many people assume that stretching is something you do before and after an exercise routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. A stretching program is going to benefit you even if you never set foot in a gym or run 5 miles. Many people opt to do their stretching first thing in the morning or after they have warmed up in the shower. The important point is to choose a time of day that is easy for you to incorporate as part of your daily routine.
Stretching before and after an exercise program will ensure that your muscles recover faster, less chances of strains and sprains, less muscle pain, and a much less likelihood of injury.
Follow these tips to ensure you don’t do yourself an injury while you are stretching: