The actual performance is what we usually pay for and watch, but the preparations done that aren’t always seen are just as important; the same goes with working out. Whether you’re about to start or end a workout or any strenuous activity, make sure that you do some stretching first.
Stretching is defined as extending something to become longer without breaking. Hence, this activity is suggested before and after any physical activity. You do this to not break any bones and/or muscles.
Stretching does extend your muscles; aside from that there are other reasons why you should stretch:
1. It can relieve tension or pain.
2. It boosts your energy in preparation for the main exercise or any physical activity.
3. It keeps the muscles flexible.
4. It prevents injuries.
5. It improves posture.
6. It helps improve sleep.
Three Stretching Techniques
In stretching, there are three different techniques; these are static, ballistic, and dynamic.
Static - from the word itself, which also means unchanged or lack of movement; this kind of stretching asks you to hold a position for longer seconds (about 30 to 50) to help lengthen the muscles.
Ballistic - Ballistic which means relating to projectile or movement is a kind of stretching that involves jumping or any jerky movement while the body is stretched; this type of stretching isn’t always suggested as it can get a bit tricky for beginners and could even lead to injuries.
Dynamic - this type of stretching is often used by athletes; a pose is held for just a few seconds (under 5 seconds) which helps your muscles be ready for any rigorous activity.
Knowing these kinds of techniques will help you analyze which stretching is suitable for you.
If you’re looking for some ways to stretch, watch these videos and follow some or all of their routines.