Got your attention did I? Well if you want to dominate in any sport or have better workouts that lead to better results, it all starts with the simplest pre-workout routine, stretching.
Let’s face it stretching is no fun.
It can be uncomfortable, painful and boring all at the same time. Most people don’t even give it a thought throughout the day to stretch, and the ones who do, try to get through it as fast as possible. The truth is, it needs to become a priority if you’re looking to perform your best, look your best, and reduce the risk of injury.
During my many years as a trainer, I’ve worked with many levels of athletes, and one of the biggest obstacles to increased performance that most people don’t work on is their flexibility. Having great flexibility, throughout your entire body can increase so many different aspects of your performance. Let me explain…
A muscle has to be the proper length to produce proper tension. If a muscle isn’t the proper length, being either too tight or too long, it can’t produce the proper tension, which restricts your movement. When muscles are tight on one side of a joint verses the other, it will cause joint instability that will affect movement, not to mention it will affect your posture. This tightness also causes wear on the joint, which over time will likely lead to injury.
There are many types of stretching techniques, but the two you need to focus on the most are active and static stretching.
It’s best to stretch when the body is warmed up, so taking time after doing cardio, or a workout would be optimal. On day’s you’re not working out pick a time of the day when it would be most convenient. This could be first thing in the morning, or at night when watching TV.
Try and stretch 5-7 days a week, taking 10-15 minutes out of your day to do so. Remember that stretching is a stress to the body just like exercise. It usually takes some time to notice results, but if you stay consistent you will notice improved results in your performance and results!
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