Stretching is just as important as your workouts, please take time to STRETCH! I can’t tell you how often I see people get off the treadmill and NOT take a few minutes (at least 15-20 min) to stretch. Incorporate stretching into your daily life, especially after your workouts! Allow enough time to include stretch as part of your daily routine. Why? By adding simple stretches after workouts will reduce stress, calm the mind and decrease injuries. Make sure you hold your stretch long enough to reap the benefit of stretching. BREATH! Remember to breath while stretching. Inhale through nose and exhale through mouth. Focus on RELAXING into your stretch and breath, breath, breath! Sometimes we tend to hold our breath and not realize we’re doing it. Why do we tend to hold our breath during stretch? Because to some folks, it can be painful. This is because you either never stretch, perhaps you aren’t stretching correctly, or you have an injury that has not healed properly. One popular reason people don’t take the time to stretch is because stretching is boring (only to some people) and simply takes up to much time out of busy lives. The truth is because of the hurry up lives of most, stretching isn’t a priority that people feel is as beneficial as the traditional workout. As you now know, “stretching” is absolutely beneficial! Your state of mind changes when your “physical” state changes….. good or bad! Healthy body, healthy mind. Healthy mind, healthy body….. you decide which is first, if you can 🙂
Of course I believe you can’t have one without the other. Mind/body are one……. in my opinion. Prioritize stretching into your daily life. Stay consistent and you will be glad you made stretching a priority. Happy stretching and don’t forget to BREATH!