Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately elongated, often by abduction from the torso, in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and reaffirm comfortable muscle tone.
The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. Stretching is also used therapeutically to alleviate cramps.
One secret about stretching is to make sure your body is up to “operating temperature” before you stretch.
If you stretch “cold” muscles, there is a greater chance of injury. It is preferable to actually work up a little sweat BEFORE stretching. Warm muscles are actually 15% more flexible so you get a better end result and avoid injury at the same time.
The old routine of stretching before jogging is actually backward, reverse it and your results will improve. For more advice, especially if you have an injury, call us first before you attempt a new stretching program.