For the most part, stretching gets such a bad rap in the exercise world. Most athletes and exercise enthusiasts become hooked on the “real” part of exercising; cardiovascular and strength training. Well, I never saw a tripod be able to stand on only 2 of the 3 legs! It’s going to fall down for sure. This same concept applies to the tripod of exercising: cardiovascular, strength and stretching. We can see the improvements in strength and endurance, but it seems nothing appreciable when stretching. Why do it if there seems to be no benefit? The short answer to this that the more flexible the muscle, the stronger it is; harder you could potentially train and less likely to become injured. Sounds like good stuff to me. So, let’s not poo poo stretching and begin to have a new respect. Remember, a tripod needs 3 legs to stand.
Knowing the types and methods of stretching provides an excellent cognitive approach to improving range of motion, joint health and overall body wellness. This series will go over the various types with the pros and cons. These are the major types of stretches we will be discussing:
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