Proper stretching techniques are essential in maintaining a healthy, limber body, especially if you’re active in a fitness program like the Long Beach Level 9 Boot Camp. Stretching will help minimize the effects of aging on the body far more than exercise alone. Think of it like exercising and eating right. Why do one without the other. You’ll find that stretching is another, sometimes overlooked, important part of being fit.
If you haven’t been into stretching in the past that’s perfectly fine but you should learn to make it a part of your daily routine. Some of my Boot Camp clients actually tell me that they hate stretching on their own because they aren’t very flexible. What? Alright, that sounds a little backwards to me but the good news is you’ll start to become more flexible soon after you add stretching to your routine.
This doesn’t have to feel like a major change in your life. When you look at the huge benefits related to such a small investment of time you’ll realize you can (and should) start right away.
- Improved flexibility
- Decreased soreness after workouts
- Slightly shorter healing times between workouts
- Reduced muscular tightness caused by exercise
- Increased range of motion
- Improved coordination
- Better circulation
- More energy, especially when water intake is high..yes water, not Red Bull
Stretching really important even if you aren’t very physically active. If you’re looking for help starting a 1-on-1 fitness routine which includes exercise and stretching consider L9 Long Beach Personal Training for a complete program. When you learn to stretch more often and do it correctly your limbs and joints can handle more rigorous activities such as exercise, rock climbing, long bike rides, running and much more. Plus you’ll run a much lower risk of injury by avoiding having stiff muscles and tight joints.
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Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconsciously. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement. Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you!