Proper Stretching Before Your Workout

Man Stretching

Sweat and determination define workout as it involves strenuous activities for fitness and over-all health. Workout promotes healthier mind and body as it strengthens your body and promotes mind relaxation at the same time. The workout requires self-discipline as you have to perform it on a regular basis and you have to set aside some time for it.

Before you perform your workout, you should make sure that you will perform first some stretching exercises before your workout routine. Stretching can promote muscle elongation to improve your range of motion. Workouts involve movements of joints and muscle which allows you to have increased susceptibility to injury. Therefore, stretching exercise should be done before workouts as it can improve flexibility and helps you avoid injuries during the course of your entire workout routine.

Other benefits of stretches would include decreasing the risk of having pains, increased the efficiency of movements, improves coordination and balance, decreases muscle tension, prevent joint and muscle strains and promotes circulation.

Stretches before a workout should be performed because it allows the body to become more flexible and less prone to injury. You should keep in mind that the muscle that should be involved in your stretching should be the major muscles that will be involved during your entire workout session.

Top Stretches before performing a Workout

Dynamic Stretching

This type of stretching is performed by moving major muscle groups until the full range of motion is reached gently and should be done repeatedly. This exercise is performed in a controlled manner to improve flexibility and achieve a full range of motion. This type of exercise allows the body to prepare itself for the workout that you are going to perform. Another purpose of the dynamic stretching is to promote stability and balance and increase the movement of the joints.

Static Stretching

We are familiar with this type of stretching most especially in our physical education classes wherein a body part is stretched to the furthest it can reach and maintain in that position for 30 seconds or more. It does not involve fast and dynamic movements as it only requires you to stay in place and stretch all the way. It is a common type of stretching that can improve your overall flexibility and endurance.

Passive Stretching

This type of stretching requires the need for an external force or outside assistance that can help you in stretching. This outside assistance can be another person, a device, leverage, strap, etc. In this, you have to relax the muscle that you are going to stretch and it should be held in place by your outside assistance.

Isometric Stretching

In this type of stretching exercise, a muscle will be stretched and held in place while your job it to resist the stretch. For example, allow someone to stretch your leg up while he/she will hold it in place and your job is to force it back in the opposite direction. Isometric stretching is considered to be the safest and most effective type of stretching exercise if you want to increase your joint’s range of motion, retain flexibility and build up ligaments and tendons.