March 17, 2015( Comments: 0 )

Stretching

It’s probably safe to say that not all fitness lovers are aspiring yogis, but that doesn’t mean you should forget to stretch!Even if you’re not a ‘fitness lover’, regardless of your job or exercise regime – there is a big importance for stretching! So come on Northern Beaches community – office workers, retail workers, mums,waitresses, tradies…the list goes on – START STRETCHING!

I,myself find it very easy to skip a warm upor a cool down and get on with what I need to do! “I’ve got to get to Warriewood Centro before it closes” kind of approach!

If we want to achieve results, we should not take shortcuts!

Take 5 minutes off that cardio or weights program to assure you stretch before you go home!!!

The Benefits of Stretching:

Being ‘Zen’ is not only for yogis. Stretching has a great calming effect on the body as a whole unit.As the muscles contract and lengthen the physical body relaxes, which then translates to a more relaxed and calm emotional state.

Stretching re-energises, relaxes and prepares the body for what is ahead; it allows the body to warm-up and encourages the flow of blood to exhort into all the right places- being the muscles.

The muscles then enjoy an oxygen supply and the nutrients needed to keep them going throughout a workout.

Stretching allows you to move through the full range of motion when it comes to hitting weights, it reduces the risk of injury: Just like vitamins are seen as preventative medicine for health, stretching can be thought of as preventative medicine for the body by ensuring it stays mobile, flexible and best of all – injury free.

Stretching encourages fast recovery: There is a reason as to why we are trained to stretch before and after exercise. Not only does stretching get the blood flowing but it does wonders for recovery- So in effect, stretching after a tough workout means that when you’re tying your shoelaces or walking up a set of stairs the next morning you won’t be left feeling like a string puppet who just had their ropes tightened.

In fitness, stretching is often overlooked with so many of us eager to get on with the tough stuff, something even the uber flexible are guilty of. However, I think it’s important to remember that being flexible presents so many benefits to the human body that are not just exercised in the gym.

 Who’s keen for a stretch??

 The Gym Factory offers Yoga and Pilatesclasses on our timetable, or if this isn’t for you – we have a stretch chart in the studio J

XO Lani

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