Stretching in an important part of any fitness regime, because stretching allows your muscles to relax and lengthen after a challenging training session. Regular stretching helps promote lean muscles and will help reduce post workout muscle inflammation and soreness. Making a habit of stretching is a good habit to have. In order to define the muscle you have, you have to create room for the muscle to breath.
So often exercise programs brush the importance of stretching aside. The stretch component of a workout gets neglected or skipped because we often can’t see the benefits of stretching as immediately as burning out our glutes in plié pulses or killing our core with warrior 3 pose. However the simple act of stretching can improve one’s posture, reduce muscle aches and even boost your mood. When you stretch you encourage blood circulation within the body and as a result you send more oxygen to the brain.
I’m a runner. Always have been, always will be. As a runner, I know how important stretching is for my little self. I also do yoga and strength training, which are other activities that benefit from mindful stretching. It really makes a difference and takes a workout from an ok one to a great one. The key to a good stretch routine is balance. Be mindful to stretch both the front and the back of the body to prevent any muscle imbalances.
Most importantly though, have fun and breathe 🙂