🧘🏼♀️🤸🏼♂️ Let’s talk about ‘Stretching’ 🤸🏼♂️🧘🏼♀️
Stretching is just as important as any form of exercise is. It increases flexibility, therefore increasing range of motion in exercises, it prevents injuries by loosening your muscles up and it’s important for recovery. Stretching is definitely something I’m not good at, I don’t do it as often as I would like and it was my goal for 2019 to do more stretching and become more flexible. There are two main types of stretching that I want you to focus on, no matter if you’re doing weight training or cardio. .
1️⃣ DYNAMIC STRETCHING 🤸🏼♂️
Dynamic stretching is essentially stretches that involve movement. This is used prior to exercise, to loosen the muscles and prevent injury. Some of my favourites include; leg swings sideways, leg swings forwards, squats, walking lunges, side to side lunges and dynamic pigeon stretch. There’s plenty more but these are the ones I like!
2️⃣ Static stretching 🧘🏼♀️
Static stretching is when you hold a stretch for a certain amount of time, with no movement. This is best done at the end of a workout. I like to hold these stretches anywhere from 10 seconds to 30s each. It’s recommended to do these after every session, but sometimes I get slack and usually do it only after upper body days as they’re shorter sessions for me. Make sure you’re stretching all your body, not just legs too! Some of my favourites include: Single leg toe reaches, together toe reaches, standing quad hold, froggies, pigeon, kneeling (in pic), chest stretch, back & shoulders stretch, cross body arm hold and neck holds.
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