Stretching before and after exercising is a part of most exercising regimes.
You have heard of people who didn’t stretch and not long after starting their regime then go down with an injury, ouch.
So why stretch before or after exercising?
Stretching exercises improve flexibility, which assists joints to move through its full range of motion.
Ask the question, how far can you bend, twist or reach?
Being more flexible allows you to get the most out of the range of your joints, and if you’re participating in exercises such as gymnastic type exercises, Pole dancing, Lyra or Silks then you require more flexibility.
When you talk about stretching, in the same sentence you have to also mention ‘flexibility’.
Stretching can help improve flexibility and, the range of motion your joints travel through.
Being flexible may:
- Improve the way you do physical activities
- Lesson the opportunity for injuries
- Allow your body to move effectively through its joint range
- Help your muscles work optimally.
At VertiGal, we make sure that stretching is a part of all our classes and we also run a flexibility class between Pole sessions.
The Mayo Clinic released a great article titled: Stretching: Focus on flexibility, You can stretch anytime, anywhere. Just follow these tips to do it safely and effectively.
Stretching — Balance the risks and rewards.
This article has some thoughts on stretching along with information from studies about the benefits of stretching having mixed results.
Some show that stretching helps. Other studies show that stretching before or after exercise has little to no benefit.
Read the article and see what you think. It’s a great one for having a chat, we’d love to know what you think.