We’ve all been there, rushed to get a workout done, no time to stretch at the end. We should consider the benefits of different types of stretches, so today we are looking at Static stretching.
Many people use the term “passive stretching” and “static stretching” interchangeably. However, there is a distinction between the two.
Static stretching involves holding a position. That is, you stretch to the farthest point and hold the stretch.
Passive stretching is a technique in which you are relaxed and make no contribution to the range of motion. Instead, an external force is created by an outside agent, either manually or mechanically.
Stretching can influence how well our muscles recover, aid our flexibility and increase our performance.
Static stretching is typically done at the end of a workout, and involves stretches that you hold in place for a period of time, without movement.
This allows your muscles to:
Gain flexibility and range of motion – stretching whilst the muscles are warm allows a deeper stretch.
Less pain and stiffness – stretching out after a workout can help reduce muscle stiffness in tight (worked) muscles.
De-stress – helping relax your muscles, combined with breathing exercises can assist in reducing tension and anxiety.
Increase blood flow – stretching after exercise increase blood flow to the muscles, which in turn improves recovery.
Increased performance – greater flexibility and range of motion helps with speed, agility and muscle strength.
We need to be cautious so as not to over stretch, we are looking for tension in the muscle not pain, slowly allowing the muscles to adapt to the stretch whilst ensuring we are breathing in a regular fashion.
Lastly start out slowly and build over time.
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