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Stretching for a Better Workout

October 18th, 2008 · 7 Comments

One of the most important, physician if no the most important part of your workout session is to stretch.

A series of well performed stretches before you start your workout session will warm up your muscles leaving them ready to be exercised.

stretching exercises

It is also very important to stretch when you finish your workout session, ask by doing so you will eliminate the Latic Acid. Latic acid is produced as a result of any intense physical activity such as weight lifting, running, swimming.  When your muscles are working hard it produces high levels of lactate.

During a run or an intense cardio workout session you body produces so much lactate that it can’t eliminate. When lactate levels get to high a chemical reaction occurs, creating latic acid. This chemical reaction is what causes the pain in your muscles.

Physical activities like weight lifting, running, swimming or any other physical activity will shorten muscle fibres reducing flexibility. All these activities mentioned above make your muscle harder and strong but they reduce flexibility, that is when stretching comes into play.

Stretches should be performed first thing in the morning when you wake up, when you finish work and off course before and after any physical activity.

stretching and workout

If done correctly, ideally with the help of an instructor, stretching exercises can be relaxing and fun to do. But always remember to respect your limits over stretching can cause serious muscles and nerves injuries.

Frequency and relaxation are the most important factors to perform a good stretching session, everything should be done slowly and patiently without swinging. Swinging harden the muscle you are trying to stretch.

Ideally you should find a comfortable position, and hold for a minimum of 10 seconds, the more you can hold on in the same position the better and maintain a slow and controlled respiration.

Other benefits of stretching include improvement of blood circulation, better coordenation and relaxation.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nour // Jun 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    thanks so much these really helped :)

  • 2 Tony Rossi // Aug 20, 2009 at 7:12 am

    how long each you have to hold for ?

  • 3 lil k // Oct 3, 2009 at 2:32 am

    this is some cool things for me to do.

  • 4 Mark // Oct 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    If you want a fun way to stretch try doing “The Sexy Workout” from Unisexy Fitness. My wife and I do it together every night.

  • 5 develyn detalla // Aug 31, 2012 at 7:21 am

    i need to exercise everyday because it become my bones healthy .

  • 6 develyn detalla // Aug 31, 2012 at 7:23 am

    do exercise everyday can … .

  • 7 develyn detalla // Aug 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

    it also having a good daily habit.

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