1. What is stretching?
Stretching is actively working to increase a range of motion around a joint.
2. Why stretch?
Stretching is a simple and effective way to enhance athletic performance, decrease the chance of injury, and minimize muscle soreness.
When you increase range of motion in joint you increase the distance the limbs can move and contract. By improving flexibility you reduce risk of injury because your joints are better able to move through their full range of motion.
This can improve the muscle’s power, and your ability to actively control the muscles, resulting in a better execution of movement and an enhanced performance.
Other added benefits of stretching are improved posture, improved circulation by increasing blood flow to the muscles, increased energy levels, reduced muscle tension, and stress release.
3. What are the Dangers of poor flexibility?
Tight stiff muscles limit normal range of motion and interfere with correct muscle actions. This can greatly increases the chance of becoming injured and is why you must keep up with a daily stretching routine.
4. Stretching is not a one time magic wand!
The benefits of stretching can be accomplished when flexibility training is applied professionally and diligently over an extended period of time. Do not expect miracles from a stretching routine it takes time, dedication, and determination!