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Stretching 101

Stretching is an important part of any daily routine, as it helps to improve flexibility and range of motion. It can also help reduce the risk of injury during physical activity or everyday activities. With so many different types of stretching available, it’s hard to know which one works best for you and when to use them. In this blog post we will discuss why stretching is important and what type of stretching works the best for your needs.

First off, let's talk about why stretching is so important: Stretching increases blood flow throughout your body by loosening up tight muscles, tendons and connective tissue. This increased circulation helps with muscle recovery after activity as well as reducing soreness from overuse injuries such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Additionally, regular stretches can help improve posture by strengthening weak muscles while lengthening tight ones - leading to better overall balance when standing upright! Finally, improved flexibility and range of motion leads to improved performance in sports-related activities like running & jumping - giving athletes an edge on their competition!

So now that we understand why it’s beneficial let’s look at what type of stretch would be most effective for our goals:

  • Static stretches are great if you want something gentle yet effective; they involve holding a single position for over 15 seconds without movement (such as touching your toes) until tension subsides from the targeted area(s). Static stretching is great after a workout once the muscles are warm, as the tissue will be more pliable and amenable to change. Static stretching also has a relaxing effect on the body and mind, helping to reduce stress

  • Dynamic stretches focus more on movement than static holds – think leg swings & arm circles – making them ideal pre-workout warmups and in between long periods of non activity, since they get all major muscle groups moving! A dynamic stretch will encourage your joints through their full range of movement improving the joint motion.

  • Lastly foam rolling offers deep tissue massage and myofascial release. It can help relieve muscles tightness, soreness and inflammation and increase your joint range of motion.

There are various benefits associated with incorporating regular stretches into our daily routines no matter how active we may already be. Working out when to stretch, and which stretches, or combination of stretches works best for you, will enable you to get maximum benefit from each session, improving both your mobility and overall wellbeing!

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