Have you ever been in the gym, the park, or wherever, and saw one of those huge muscled dudes with the thick neck, and arms that seem too short for their bodies? Besides that, what do they all seem to have in common? They can’t lift their arms above their heads. No, its not because their muscles are too big, it’s because they don’t stretch.
Recently, it was asked of me whether or not stretching was really an important part of your workout. Further, you’re working your upper body, should you stretch your lower body and vice versa. The answer is absolutely. Not only does stretching increase blood flow to the muscle, but it also helps you reduce the risk of injury during your workout or sports activity and it helps you to perform better. Stretching also improves bone density and joint health.
Even if you are working your upper body one day, and lower body another, you should stretch your whole body everyday. After all, you use your entire body for things everyday. As a Massage Therapist, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had clients who were seriously injured by opening the refrigerator door, or stepping off a low curb. These aren’t old people, or super out of shape people, these are people who don’t stretch. So go ahead and stretch! Don’t stop ‘til you get enough!
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