There are many reasons to stretch – it improves flexibility, it helps with post-workout soreness and it can help your muscles and bones prepare for your workout. Many studies show the importance of stretching if you do it properly.
Here are common stretching mistakes and how to fix them:
1. DOING STATIC STRETCHES BEFORE A WORKOUT
In the past it seemed everyone was holding static stretches before a run or a strength workout. Be cautious of holding static stretches while your muscles are still cold because you can limit your performance and increase your risk of muscle strain.
FIX IT: Switch to dynamic stretches before your workout. Dynamic stretches are active and use movement to bring about a stretch. This helps warm your muscles and gets your joints used to moving in their full range of motion. Try lateral lunges, single-leg deadlifts and cat-cow.
2. FORCING A STRETCH
For an effective stretch you should be relaxed and comfortable. If you exert too much force into a stretch you are at a higher risk of straining yourself.
FIX IT: Don’t push a stretch beyond your limits to the point of discomfort. Hold a stretch until you feel it and stop there.
We understand you want to get into your workout but rushing stretches can cause long term harm.
FIX IT: Ease into and hold stretches for 90 seconds and release. Repeat for 3-5 sets.
Our staff at Fitness 120 is knowledgeable and ready to assist you with a stretching plan. We also offer stretching assistance equipment to improve your flexibility. Don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly team members how to create a stretching routine or use our stretching equipment. We are happy to help!