We all know how hard it is to work with rigid things, always complicated and difficult when subject to change. Like clay cannot be molded into pots if it were stiff, or a free mind cannot be attained with rigid thoughts, our muscles are also quite similar. When they are supple like fresh dough, they are moldable and easy to work with, now on the contrary, if the dough is dry, one can’t work on it, and if pushed hard, it will break. Stretching helps in improving our muscle flexibility and growth rate, thereby avoiding injuries and long-term health issues.
There are 2 types of stretching techniques, Dynamic and Static. Let’s understand what are these two types and the approaches to performing them pre/post-workout. Static stretches are mostly a cold body concept, which is performed pre-workout to get the blood flowing into the muscles and give it a kick start for the workout. Dynamic stretches are mostly a hot body concept or post-workout activity, as the muscles have worked intensely with blood flowing to max.
To perform a Static stretch:
- Focus on the muscle intended for the workout.
- Reach the maximum extension of the muscles with slow and controlled movements, remain at the end position for a few seconds, slowly releasing the pressure to normal.
- Repeat this process with different angles and intensities until one can feel flexibility and blood flow warmth.
To perform a Dynamic stretch:
The fatigued muscle is our prime focus.
Reach the maximum extension with faster, controlled movements, twist the muscles, and reduce the stiffness caused post-workout.
Repeat this process until all the muscles feel loose and free.
Plan your pre and post-workout with effective stretches to give your muscles a better growth benefit and to avoid injuries. Remember “Stretch to Stretch your healthy life”.
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