4 Things to Know About Stretching

Christopher Jackson
October 27, 2016

Remember your physical education classes at school or in your sport on Wednesday afternoon.

The teacher told you all the time he needed to stretch. Yet nobody wanted to!

Why ?

Perhaps simply because the stretches are not as useful as that …

So what are the real effects of stretching? Here are answers to four questions that I get asked most often about stretching.

Can Stretching Really Make You More Flexible?

YES because if your body stiffens, you will end fairly quickly your core flexibility.

Many people have all kinds of muscle issues that they don’t even know about but can cause serious issues if not addressed.

For example, hip flexor tightness can end up causing serious problems for your entire body if not addressed

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Let me explain: most people do not move much either at home or at work and do not use their flexibility. Suddenly, their body stiffens. By doing regular light stretching, flexibility back.

YES also for younger that can improve their flexibility quicker.

NOT for people already active, that move during the day at work or sport. Stretching will not gain flexibility, unless they are made very often and at great length (which almost nobody does).

After Sport, Can It Diminish Aches?

NO, it is a widely held belief and it is wrong!

Aches are small lesions of the muscles and their envelopes (myo-fascial). Do stretches certainly will not “cure” these lesions but, on the contrary, could increase the …

While some athletes feel their report less muscle pain after stretching, it is simply because in strongly stretching their muscles, they have the “sleepy”.

In short, the pain is there but the body perceives a little less for a few hours.

You may want to consider a massage instead to relieve pain!!!!

Should I Stretch to Warm Up?

NO, stop to stretch before sports. While most top athletes have finally stopped to stretch before exercise, many ametuer altheletes continue.

Not only is it a waste of time but, in addition, it increases the risk of muscle injury!

Prolonged stretching “asleep” muscles and deprive the arrival of fresh blood. This is exactly the opposite of what is sought in the warm …

It is much more efficient to repeated movements more and more, so-called ballistic movements, overheating (such as heel / buttocks or knees lifted, for example).

Only some sports require flexibility to warm up, stretch THEN TO RE-warm as: dance, gymnastics, rock climbing, etc.

Can Stretching Help You To Recover Quicker?

Yes, stretching is especially helpful for relaxation. Whether sitting or stretching after exercise, stretching are really effective to relax and learn to control his state of tension (muscle tone).

After sport, it is important to relax to the maximum to recover better. It’s the best kept secret of great sports: namely reduce its state of tension and to “relax” apart from training and competition.

To do so, you better wait until the body naturally gets fifteen minutes after exercise. Then, breathing well, you can stretch and SLOWLY BY SHORT REPEATS (about 10 seconds). You will feel soothed and feel your muscles relaxed. Your recovery will be better.

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