10 Things You Should Know About Stretching

Before fitness training, one must give importance to doing warm-up or stretching exercises to prevent accidents or to enhance the output during the training. There are also a number of precautionary measures and tips to serve as guidelines when doing fitness exercises. Here are some of them.

1. To increase your flexibility and to avoid injuries, stretch before and after workout. Almost everyone knows that stretching before workout prevents injuries during the exercises, but only few people know that stretching after workout, when muscles are still warm, can increase flexibility.



Starting with Stretches

Want to start your day off right? A stretch routine first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up your muscles and get your blood flowing.

While you may want to hit that snooze button over and over, a better way to start your day is with a few early morning stretches. Besides feeling good physically, stretching is mentally and physiologically beneficial as well. It improves your flexibility, circulation, coordination and balance, posture, and your mood.

With just 10 minutes of stretching added into your morning routine, you’ll be prepared to face the day. Here are a few easy stretches to get you going. (more…)


How to Avoid Pulling a Hammy

Steps you can take today to protect your hamstrings tomorrow.

Located on the back of your thighs, your hamstrings are a group of muscles that are key to your ability to take off running from a standstill. They also make it possible for you to perform the less strenuous task of walking.

If you’re not careful, you can pull a hamstring muscle, which can cause significant pain and reduced quality of life. From sudden pain in the back of your thigh to bruising or muscle weakness in the hamstring to an inability to bear weight on the affected leg, an injured hamstring should not be taken lightly.

So what can you do to offer maximum protection to your hamstrings?

Strengthen Your Hammies

Want to keep your hamstrings from injury? The first step is to make them stronger. There are a lot of great exercises that can help you do this, and one of the simplest is to lie on your back on the ground. While bending your right leg and holding it with both hands behind the knee, allow your left leg to extend out completely on the floor. Slowly straighten your right leg until it is pointed directly overhead. Hold the position for a moment and return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times and then switch legs for another set. (more…)


Are You Flexible Enough?

Why and how you should work harder to boost your flexibility.

If flexibility is a secondary concern for you, it’s time to move it up on your priority list. Because while you may consider flexibility to be important only for gymnasts and wrestlers, flexibility offers great benefits for people of all ages, stages, and interests.

What should you know about flexibility? Good question.

Why It’s Important

Before you’ll spend time stretching your muscles, you need to be sold on the idea. So why is flexibility important? Because flexibility doesn’t mean being able to contort your body until you look like a human pretzel. Rather, flexibility is the ability to move your muscles and joints throughout their intended range of motion. Why should this matter to you? After all, you get along pretty well without being able to touch your toes, and you’ve never been hindered by an inability to do the splits, so stretching can’t be that big of a deal. (more…)


Yoga on the Quick

Incorporating the slow-and-steady exercise in your fast-and-crazy life.

In today’s world, everything is fast and furious. Hence why you find yourself eating at fast food restaurants six times a week. And while you’ve been dreaming of getting in some yoga on a regular basis, it seems the relaxed pace of yoga would be a poor way to spend your time at the gym. If only there was a way to squeeze some yoga poses into your daily routine and still sweat. (more…)


8 Benefits of Stretching

1. Reduces stress.

2. Releases tension developed during the workout.

3. Creates better posture.

4. Maximizes the strength of all joint movement. (more…)