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Reasons for a Stretch

Updated on February 20, 2013

When was the last time you stretched?

Athletes stretch before and after workouts. When we were young, our teachers force us to stretch every morning before classes start. At least that’s the case in my school.

Now that we’re all grown up, though; how often do you stretch? In fact, have you done any stretching exercises lately?

How's this for a stretch? :))
How's this for a stretch? :))

Simple stretching exercise can help improve our posture, especially if we do it every day. Regular flexing of our muscles, joints, tendons and bones helps with our motor skills. Stretching exercises don’t only extend our reach; it only contributes to our balance. Advanced stretching exercises also helps develop core muscle strength.

While doing yoga and pilates have stretching exercises; we don’t have to enroll in such classes to enjoy stretching. In fact, you can do basic stretching exercises after waking up. It will certainly provide energy to your sleepy, cold muscles. At home or at work, while you’re in front of the computer, you can perform stretching exercises for the legs. You can also flex and contrast your glutes or butt area while sitting down.

Stretching exercises are very beneficial to us. Some of the good reasons to stretch is that it’s mobile; it’s a free exercise; and it’s very easy to do. Unless, you’re gearing towards doing intermediate exercises, you can perform stretching anywhere, anytime you want.

There are several kinds of stretching exercises.

The 2 basic ones are static and dynamic stretching.

  • Dynamic stretching exercises are appropriate for a warm up. Runners and athletes perform dynamic stretching to avoid muscles spasms and injuring.
  • To cool down, static exercises are the more suitable exercise. These are the basic pulls, muscle extensions and contractions we often do at home.

If you are working out regularly, add 5-10 minutes of stretching exercises in your actual workouts. It should form part of your total workout activities. On the other hand, if you rarely do physical workouts, I suggest you at least perform regular stretching activities at home. Forming this habit will help with your posture and help raise your energy level.

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for all your responses.

      @DM - one simple stretch is reach for the roof as high as you can while standing up. If you're running though, dynamic stretches are more appropriate.

      @NA - You're in the military? That's so cool!

      @RT - You're welcome!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for information on stretching and how important it is.

    • DreamerMeg profile image

      DreamerMeg 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Yes, I think stretching is very important, especially as you grow older. Have you any examples of stretches?