What are the benefits of stretching before exercise?
Remember, the purpose of stretching is to warm up, improve your performance, and reduce injury. It will increase your core temperature, improves flexibility, lengthens and loosens tight muscles, and improves any restrictions you may have in your motion.
Most people see stretching as something that is boring and tedious. In fact most people perform static stretching. Static stretching is the type of stretching where you stay in one spot and stretch muscles and tendons one at a time. You might lean over at the waist and stretch your hamstrings. It has been found that this type of stretching is not as effective until after you have increased your core temperature and stretched your muscles.
What types of movements for dynamic stretching will benefit me most?
The bottom line is you want to move. You want to get your blood moving through your body. And the best way to do that are to perform movements in place. It’s much easier to show you than it is to write about. So I’ve found a great video for you below that will show you exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, I wouldn’t change a thing from this video. It’s an excellent set of motions for stretching.
Check them out in this video…
I hope you can see how dynamic stretching can improve your overall exercise performance when done properly.
Now I’d like to bring your attention to the actual exercise routine. If you’ve ever been looking for a program that is out of this world for getting results then I urge you to take a look at a program based on High Intensity Interval Training. The program I’m referring to is the Insanity 60-Day Program. In fact you can learn more about it here:
You’ll see how the trainer, Shaun T incorporates a cardio workout while building muscle strength. It’s an amazing program. Check it out if you’re interested. It also incorporates an excellent routine for stretching. So not only do you get the benefits of stretching before your exercise you get the cardio workout of a lifetime.
Either way I hope you got a huge benefit from the stretching video above.
To your health,
Big Daddy’s Health Spot