Shweta Sharma

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The most neglected part- STRETCHING

Exercise Science
The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. One must be able to bend and reach that something you dropped on the floor. You should be able to zip the back of your dress on your own. You must be able to reach that book you need to read at the top of the shelf.

These are very simple activities. However, if there is any difficulty in doing such simple movements, then you have to stretch your limits. You already need a stretching program. What Is Stretching? Stretching is simply an act of extending to full length the body. This activity involves stretching and strengthening of the structure or the joints. Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it involves the normal activities that can be done by any people, regardless of age. Simple stretches can be done every day. It can be incorporated in the lifestyle and the day to day activities. It does not require much of your time. Stretching exercises can also be done while training. Actually, stretching needs to be an essential part of any training or sport. It must be done first before anything else. Stretching the body is a good preparation for a more rigorous activity. There is an ideal length of time in stretching is 10 minutes. Stretching will give body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles, thus preparing it for more difficult and strenuous movements. Some Benefits of Stretching are: - 1. It Increases the Range of Movement: - As one constantly does the stretching exercises, the length of the muscles and the tendons also increases. This will increase the range of movement. Thus, the limbs and joints will be able to move in a better way before an injury can take place. 2. It Increases the Ability to Perform Skills: -With wide range of movement, you will be able to do more things flexibly. For eg, you can jump high without feeling any pain when you land back on the floor. You can go beyond your limits than a normal workout or sports. 3. Injury Prevention: - with proper stretching one can prevent injury to joints, tendons and muscles. Muscles and tendons are considered in good working order when flexed. This will help in a faster recovery and prevents delayed onset muscle soreness. The muscles will be able to take more exhausting and rigorous movements with less probability of being injured. 4. Reduces Muscle Tension: -With regular exercises and stretching muscles will contract less. This will relieve you from any muscle pain or soreness. Incorporate stretching in your everyday lifestyle. It also does not require much time. It can be anyone’s usual activities, bending and flexing. At the end of the topic your fitness and health is everything so do what it takes to keep your body healthy.

Shweta Sharma

It is perfectly fine doing post workout streching. you can include some before workout stretches too.

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