Stretching is one of the forms of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and to achieve comfortable muscle Stretching, as the name relates to physical health and fitness, is the process of placing particular parts of the body into a position that will lengthen, or elongate, the muscles and all the associated soft tissues. After undertaking a regular stretching program a number of changes begin to occur within the body itself and specifically within the muscles themselves. Other tissues that begin to adapt to the stretching process include the fascia, tendons, ligaments, skin and scar tissue.
Although there are many different ways to perform stretching exercises, they can all be grouped into two categories and they are Static or Dynamic.
Static stretches refers to stretching exercises that is performed without movement. In other words, the individual gets into the stretch position and holds the stretch for the specific amount of time. Dynamic stretches refers to stretching exercises that are performed with movement. In other words, the individual uses a swinging or bouncing movement to extend their range of motion and flexibility.
Regular flexibility training program, consistently employed over long term, is the only way to permanently improve your flexibility and range of motion.
As you get older, your muscles get tighter and reduce in length, which increases the chances of injury and reduces your range of motion. Regular stretching will help to keep your muscles strong and healthy and it will help you to maintain the flexibility in your body.
All top athletes always stretch before they perform because the stretching and the loosening of the muscles, improves performance and durability during exercise and it speeds up the recovery process afterwards
Main benefit of stretching exercises is better posture. Stretching loosens your muscles and it is tight muscles that can be the cause of a poor posture. Maintaining a good posture not only makes you look taller and more confident, but it also alleviates pain in your back, your neck and shoulders.
- Dynamic stretching should be used as part of a warm up routine before any athletic event. …
- Torso Twists.
- Walking Lunges.
- Leg Swings.
- Posterior Capsule Stretch.
- Hamstring Stretch.
- Quadriceps Stretch
Benefits of Stretching exercise
- Improve your performance in physical activities.
- Decrease your risk of injuries.
- Help your joints move through their full range of motion.
- Enable your muscles to work most effectively.
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