What Are The Benefits of Stretching?

Stretching is one of those things that people know they should do, but most people often don’t. Quite often, people seem to ignore the benefits of stretching or simply don’t make enough time to include it in their regular work outs.

A regular stretching routine can (and should be) done as part of your regular workout as well as your rest days. Bailey’s Bodies is running a special seminar to help teach how to stretch properly, so make sure you sign-up for the Stretching Seminar.

What Are The Benefits of Stretching?

Exercise is a great thing for improving your health, strength and fitness, but you need to take care of your body. Just as healthy eating plan improves your health, regular stretching will improve your flexibility, range of motion and prevent injuries.

Tight muscles or joints are more susceptible to injury and while you may not notice it during your everyday life, when you put your body under additional stress during a workout, the risk of injury is far greater. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to prevent injuries rather than fix them after they’ve occurred.

Doing regular stretches will provide benefits much later in life, believe me — your future you will be grateful for it!

When Is The Best Time to Stretch?

There are different types of stretches, and each method has specific benefits and ideal times to perform them.

Dynamic Stretches — Pre workout

Dynamic stretching is an ideal stretch to perform as part of your warm-up prior to beginning any intensive training. Dynamic (moving) stretches get your muscles working without putting too much strain on them. Light, dynamic stretches and some light cardio prepares your body for the workout ahead.

When doing dynamic stretches, you should lightly move your muscles, gradually increasing how far you’re stretching each time. You should stretch each muscle enough that you can feel them lengthening but without straining them — remember, it’s a warm-up!

Static Stretches — Post workout, recovery

While dynamic stretching is designed for pre-workout, the static stretches are better suited to post-workout, rest days and recovery sessions.

Static stretches should be held for 15-30 seconds and done multiple times per muscle. For each stretch, you should be able to stretch a little further than previously, but it should never become uncomfortable. Remember to breathe as you stretch and just relax.

Partner/PNF Stretches

Partner/PNF stretches are a great way to improve your flexibility and doing it with a partner has additional benefits. PNF stretches require you to stretch the target muscle, while contracting the opposing muscle, therefore increasing the range of the stretch. Partner PNF stretches increases the benefits of the stretch. Your partner can provide additional resistance while ensuring that your limbs are positioned correctly.

Doing PNF stretches will allow you to increase your flexibility and range of motion quickly and effectively. If you combine this with the benefits of foam rolling, then you’ll be well on your way to improving your flexibility and health while minimising the risk of injuries and expensive visits to the doctors.

Stretching Seminar

Rather than attempt to explain correct stretching techniques, it’ll be far easier to explain in person.

Bailey’s Bodies is having a once-off stretching seminar to help teach you how to do these stretches. Spots are limited, so make sure that you register your interest online as soon as possible.