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Stretching for a better body

Exercising can be hard especially if you are the kind of person who barely stretches a muscle because you might be too lazy to do it, or you are just too busy. But when the time comes that you might start experiencing some back pains, then your doctor can order you to do some exercises like stretching so that you can avoid further pain and suffering due to backaches. Exercising is not just lifting heavy weights or running on some treadmills. Stretching is important too, and it is proven to help relieve back pain. Just make sure that you are doing it correctly, otherwise, you might injure yourself more.

Stretching helps get your ligaments and muscles working, or else it might get a bit rusty. This basically means that for you to not experience stiffness and joint pains, you need to move and stretch your body from time to time. Also, this improves blood flow and helps the nutrients travel all over your body. Some people might take these exercises for granted, but what they don’t know is that it helps a lot if you want to maintain a strong body and if you want to avoid soreness of your muscles when you start a heavy and vigorous activity.

The Correct way of Stretching

Please bear in mind that even though this is a simple technique, you need to make sure that you get it right in order to avoid further injury. Start at the neck and work your way down, making sure that you get all muscles stretched to get everything going.

Don’t “overstretch” to the point that you already feel pain, just enough that you feel the tension in the area, and hold it in place for 10 to 20 seconds. Then inhale deeply before stretching, and release during. Do the stretching for 3 to 5 stretches each, and alternate between muscle groups and sides. When you get the hang of it, you can already increase the number of repetitions of stretching. Also it might be a good idea to invest in a mattress that supports the back adequately.

When is the best time to do Stretches?

Every morning after you wake up is one of the best times to do this; it is recommended that you do this every day. But if not, 2-3 times a week is enough to get all those muscles and joints from aching and your flexibility also increases.

Make your way up!

Just before you do stretching for like 2 weeks straight, doesn’t mean that you are already fully flexible. Give it time and don’t overdo it just because you want to be very flexible. Do it with caution and you will ultimately get there.

Let your Doctor know about your Exercise

Ask for some advice as to what are the best exercises that you can do in order to increase flexibility and improve the way your joints work. Through this, you will also learn what you need to do before, during, and after exercising. It pays to be vigilant.

A healthy body means a healthy heart and soul. If your body is working the way it is, your mind will most likely follow through and help you in achieving what you need to achieve every day, but easier and faster.