Stretch exercises are an important part of any fitness plan. Stretching before and after your workout helps to improve your flexibility, thereby increasing your range of motion. It also helps to alleviate that stiff, sore feeling that we feel more and more as we get older.
Stretching also brings blood to the muscles and joints and surrounding cartilage. This helps to reduce your chances of injuring or tearing a muscle during a workout or when playing sports. This increased blood supply also helps to reduce soreness after a strenuous workout.
There are two types of beneficial stretches – static stretches and dynamic stretches. Static stretches involve holding a stretch in one position from 30 seconds up to three minutes. Dynamic stretches consist of controlled swinging movements of your arms and legs that gradually reach the edge of your range of movement.
I prefer to do dynamic stretching at the beginning of a workout, which is a great way to warm up and get ready for my workout. I perform static stretching at the end of a workout. Your muscles should be warm when you do static stretches, or you’ll run the risk of pulling or tearing muscles if you stretch them when they are cold.
Stretch Exercises Articles and Info
Static Stretching: Info on how to perform static stretches.
Dynamic Stretches: Get ready for your workout with these dynamic stretches.
Best Stretching Exercises: A few of the best stretching exercises to stretch and relax your entire body.
Back Stretching Exercises: Adults spend way too much time sitting, both in front of a computer and in front of a TV, which can lead to a tight, tense back. Try these back stretches to release tension and stretch out your back.
Lower Back Stretches: Lower back pain is one of the most common problems in America. Lower back stretches can help prevent and alleviate lower back pain.
Neck Stretches: Did you know that on average, the human head weighs eight pounds? Our neck muscles hold that eight pound weight all day – no wonder it’s so easy to get a stiff neck!
Shoulder Stretches: Stretching your shoulder muscles can help relieve a stiff upper body.
Tricep Stretches: Nothing beats a good tricep stretch, especially after focusing on the triceps with your strength training routine.
Arm Stretches: Quick and simple stretches for your arms.
Chest Stretches: You probably don’t spend much time stretching your chest muscles, but a few simple chest stretches can help to loosen up the upper body.
Leg Stretches: Loosening up the leg muscles help prevent injuries from many sports, including running.
Hamstring Stretches: So easy to tear the hamstrings, and yet so easily preventable with a few good stretches.
Glute Stretches: Yes, you can stretch your butt muscles, and let me tell you, it feels wonderful…
Quad Stretches: Your quads can get tight as much from sitting at a desk all day as from working out. Here are a few simple stretches to alleviate any quad tightness.
Hip Flexor Stretches: These little-known stretches will help stretch out these muscles, which tend to get tight after a full day of sitting.
Calf Stretches: A torn calf muscle can be extremely painful. These calf stretches will help prevent damaging those calf muscles.
Try a variety of these stretch exercises – your muscles will thank you!