The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of StretchingIt is a sad but true fact that one of the most important parts of training that is often overlooked or neglected by people who exercise regularly is flexibility training.

I have lost count of the number of times I have seen people do an exercise session without any stretching what so ever, or if they do stretch, they do the wrong type for the workout or sport they do.

Take my word for it, stretching your whole body to improve your flexibility takes very little of your time and will pay you back huge dividends.
Possessing great flexibility is one of the most rewarding and yet easiest things to achieve in training regardless of your age.

The benefits of a good flexibility training program are very dramatic, stretching properly will:

1 Give you back the agility of your youth as your muscles regain there suppleness.

2 Rid you of any aches and pains you might have because your muscles have shortened through lack of use.

3 Prevent training injuries that people get simply because they did not take 5 or 10 minutes to prepare their body for the more strenuous part of their workout.

4 Improve your sporting performance or reduce the risk of injury during your sport.

5 Give you back the grace and elegance most of us moved with when we were very young but lost as are bodies tightened up over the years.

6 Prepare you mentally as well as physically for your sport or exercise workout.

And most importantly!

7 At the end of a workout, stretching it is the most relaxing exercise you can do as your muscles let go of tension and leave you with a feeling of total peace.

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John Graham began personal training in California, where he earned his Master Personal Fitness Trainer Certification from the prestigious International Sports Sciences Association. He has been based in Shenzhen for over 5 years, introducing his knowledge and experience in international fitness techniques and increasing awareness of the latest fitness methodologies. Known for his unique passion and understanding of body dynamics and exercise, and his extensive knowledge of performance nutrition, John’s training programs ensure a well rounded approach to fitness.

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