Why Stretch?

Stretching is a vital part of  your warm-up and  cool-down during a workout session. In the warm-up, it enhances performance and prevents injury. In the cool-down, it lengthens tight muscles, increases circulation, prevents injury, and removes waste from your system.
 

Here are a few simple tips to remember about stretching:

 

  • Never stretch a cold muscle. Always warm up a minimum of 5-10 minutes prior to stretching.

 

  • For best results, activate your Golgi Tendon Organ or GTO;  your muscles natural stretch “assistor.”  Hold a stretch for 5 seconds, then, release the stretch for 5 seconds. Now, execute the same stretch for 20 -30 seconds.

 

 

  • Inhale as to prepare for the stretch, exhale slowly for the count of 3, while lengthening the muscle.

 

  • In the outdoors, make sure that you are well aligned and evenly balanced on uneven terrain.

 

  • On chillier days, be sure to incorporate a longer warm-up of 10-15 minutes prior to stretching.

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