Walk Tip: Why you need to stretch!

stretchingStretching is normally something that you think of doing after you realize how sore you are the next day after a hard workout.  However, stretching is just as important as the workout itself! Studies have shown that stretching helps improve joint range motion, which can help you prevent injury and perform daily tasks with greater comfort and flexibility. If you stretch before every workout and every morning you are bound to see these benefits!

Benefits to stretching!

  • Increased blood flow to your muscles
  • Relaxation
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased energy levels

Not only is stretching important but it is also important to stretch properly and safely! Here are some tips on how to stretch.

How to effectively stretch!

  • Don’t bounce. This can cause injury.
  • Hold your stretch.
  • Don’t aim for pain.
  • Make stretching a routine.
  • Stretching should be a smooth, soothing motion.
  • In order to not bounce but still get a strong stretch, sway back and forth slowly.
  • Each stretch should be held for around 30 seconds to a minute.
  • You should only feel slight tension when stretching, if painful stop!
  • If you don’t stretch regularly, you wont be able to benefit as greatly.
  • Stretch every time you work out to make a habit of it.

Follow these easy tips to help you stretch effectively everyday!
Author: Ramey Hoehn

For more information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/stretching/art-20047931?pg=2

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/stretching_benefits.asp

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she’s a great reader) and loves to sing (she’s a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen’s personal life through her dad – a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)

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