Stretching Exercises Before a Workout

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Stretching Exercises Before a Workout

 

You are going to learn how to stretch today.

Your warm-up should be like an appetizer. You can't start the main course without it. Most of us skip stretching before a workout because we are either short on time or don't believe it is necessary. But you're completely wrong. Stretching prepares us for the high-intensity workout that lies ahead. It improves our workouts' mobility and efficacy. This article will teach you all you need to know about stretching.

 

Why Should We Stretch Before Working Out?

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  • Reduces muscle tension and relaxes the entire body.
  • Allows users increased motion and agility, which improves coordination.
  • Extend your range of motion
  • Prevents muscle strains and other ailments. (A strong pre-stretched muscle can withstand more stress than an equally strong unstretched muscle.)
  • Stretching readies your body for the impending workout.
  • It's a means of informing the muscles that they'll be employed soon.
  • It prevents muscles from becoming weary, stiff, and sore.
  • It improves circulation.
  • Greater adaptability
  • It will make you happy.

 

benefits of stretching before working out summary

     

    The saying "No Pain, No Gain" can deceive a lot of people. Don't be misled, though. Stretching should not be uncomfortable if done correctly. Learn to listen to your body, because pain is a sign that something is wrong.

     

    What Is Dynamic Stretching, and How Does It Work?

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    You may have heard the terms dynamic stretching and static stretching and wondered what the differences were and when they should be used.

    At the start of your workout, you should complete a dynamic stretch. It's designed to get your body ready to work harder.

    A dynamic warm-up focuses on movements that are comparable to those you'll perform during your workout. Stretching with movements, such as lunges or squats, or light activities, such as riding a bicycle or jogging, are examples.

    Dynamic warm-ups can help you increase your workout performance by increasing your stamina, flexibility, and coordination.

    The motions below are some dynamic stretches that you should do before your workout. For a complete warm-up, complete two or three rounds of 10 repetitions of each movement as directed.

     

    1) High Knees

    Begin by landing on your feet. Raise one knee to hip height before quickly rotating to the opposite side as if marching in place. For at least one minute, quickly alternate from side to side.

     

    2) Squats

    Stand shoulder-width apart with your feet shoulder-width apart. Engage your core, bend your knees, and push your hips back as you squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground with your toes pointing slightly out. Keep your chest up at all times. Hold your hands straight in front of you or clasp them in front of you, whatever seems more comfortable.

     

    3) Lunges

    Start with standing with your feet hip-width apart. Step forward and lower yourself until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Shift your weight forward to the lead leg. Step through with both legs, raising and bringing your hind leg forward until your back footfalls in a lunge stance ahead of you.

     

    4) Plank Walk-Outs

    In a standing stance, place your feet hip-width apart. Reach down and place your hands flat on the floor in front of your feet, bending from the hips. After then, shift your weight to your arms and step forward until your head meets your heels in a straight line. Maintain a strong core by keeping your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Before stepping backward and returning to the starting position, hold for the chosen rep length.

     

    5) Butt Kicks

    Walk swiftly, bending one knee and then the other until your foot lands on your backside. You have the option of staying put or traveling.

     

    6) Arm Circles

    Make circles with your arms by bringing them out to the side in the shape of the letter "T." Begin with little circles in one direction and gradually increase their size. Rep the process in the other direction.

     

    7) Jumping Jacks

    Standing with your arms by your sides is a good place to start. As you jump and straddle, bring your arms over your head. Return the arms to their original positions.

     

    8) Hip Circles

    Maintain a straight back and hip-width distance between your feet. Pull your leg up till it is parallel to the floor while keeping your hands together in front of your tummy. Then, by pulling the knee back, you'll be able to open up your hip. Return to the beginning position and do the same thing on the opposite side of your body.

     

    9) Plank Walk Out

    Begin by standing up straight. Walk your arms out into a high plank position by lowering your hands. After the high plank, you can do a push-up or simply walk yourself back to standing.

     

    10) Leg Swings

    Stand on one leg. Let's pretend it's your left leg. Swing your right leg slowly and deliberately in front of and behind you. Move your right leg back and forth across their maximum range of motion. Switching legs, you can then start with your left leg.

     

    11) Walking Lunges

    Place your hands on your waist and stand. Lunge down, keeping your front knee(left knee) in line with your hip and ankle. Lower your back knee(right knee) to the floor but do not contact it. Allowing your front knee to travel past your toes is not a good idea. Return to a standing position by pushing off your rear leg.

     

    12) Quad Stretch

    Grab one of your ankles from the same side. To keep your back from arching, tighten your stomach muscles. Bring your ankle up toward your buttocks by extending your thigh rearward, bending your knee, and extending your thigh backward. Keep your ankle in the same line as your hip, rather than inclined outward or inward toward your torso, to keep your knee aligned with your hip.

     

    13) Lunge With a Twist

    This is a mix of two different moves: a forward lunge and a horizontal twist, as the name implies. The forward lunge stretches the hip flexors while also activating the legs, glutes, and hips, whilst the twist stretches the upper and middle back while also activating core rotation.

    Step forward and then slowly lower your hips as you lunge. This is your starting position. Make sure your front knee does not extend past your toes when lunging forward. Slowly twist toward the side of your front leg after lunging for a more severe hip flexor stretch. Keep this position for a few seconds.

     

    14) Hip Stretch With a Twist

    Begin in a pushup stance by bringing your right foot up to your right hand while maintaining your hips down and your lower back flat. Raise your left hand, twist to the left, stretch your arm, and reach for the sky. After doing this for a few minutes, you can switch sides.

     

    What Is a Static Stretch, and How Does It Work?

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    Static stretching refers to any stretch that is done without moving the body.

    To put it another way, the person assumes a stretch position and maintains it for a predetermined period of time. Static stretching is a very safe and efficacious strategy to stretch with a low risk of injury. It is an excellent alternative for beginners and those who are inactive.

     

    What Is the Distinction Between Static and Dynamic Stretching?

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    Dynamic stretches are usually done before you begin your workout and consist of dynamic movements that help warm up and prepare your muscles for exercise.

    These actions are frequently identical to what you'll be doing during your workout. 

    Static stretches, on the other hand, are performed at the end of a workout and consist of keeping stretches in place for a period of time without shifting. As a result, your muscles will relax, and your flexibility and postural control will improve.

     

    Some Of The Most Basic Stretching Techniques

     

    • Don't overstretch yourself, especially at first. Begin with a gentle stretch and gradually increase it as you relax.
    • Hold the stretch in a comfortable position; as you hold it, the stretch tension should decrease.
    • As you bend forward, take a deep breath and exhale freely.
    • Avoid bouncing. Bouncing actually tightens the muscles you're attempting to stretch. Stretch it out and hold it there.
    • Make no attempt to be flexible. Flexibility will come with time if you learn to stretch correctly.

      Don’t Stretch Under the Following Conditions:

      •  Inflammation or infection of the joint
      • A recent bone fracture, sprain, or strain has occurred.
      • If you have an injury, do not hesitate to contact a licensed physiotherapist, who will be able to take you through a personalized rehabilitation program. When it is safe to resume stretching, you will be advised.

      Summary

       

      A proper warm-up will reduce the risk of muscle soreness and get you ready for your workout routine. It will help prevent injury, increase your blood flow and keep your muscles warmed.

      Before beginning any new workout program, consult your doctor if you're new to fitness or have a medical condition or a health issue.

       

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