Stretching regularly is just as important as working out regularly. However, many people overlook this part of exercising and often don't know how to go about it. Here are some tips to clear things up.
What's the purpose of stretching?
When we talk about stretching, we mean the act of elongating the muscles in order to improve their elasticity and increase joint mobility. There are two main types of stretches:
- Passive stretching. This puts tension on your muscles using your body weight. You stretch the muscle until you feel a light tension that you then maintain, for a few seconds, without pushing any further. This is recommended for releasing muscle tension and is also the form of stretching that you'll most commonly perform when using FizzUp.
- Active stretching. This type of stretching can be done during a warm-up and is more often dynamic, meaning it involves broader movements, using different parts of the body.
These stretches are perfect for easing back into working out, protecting a bad back or reducing stress. They're also comparable to relaxation techniques. When doing each movement, you develop breathing techniques, patience and self-control. You can do these stretches every day, as they don't require any particular level of skill! You'll simply improve your posture and develop better muscle and joint flexibility. Everyday life doesn't necessarily require us to be flexible. However, stress, anxiety, and the pressures of daily life can all accumulate and cause various forms of tension and pain that you can prevent through stretching. By stretching regularly, you can:
- Improve your coordination, balance and mobility by reducing stiffness, thanks to greater flexibility and a larger range of motion in your joints.
- Release accumulated tension.
- Recover and relax after a workout.
- Reduce the risk of injury.
- Reduce soreness and muscle cramping.
- Improve blood circulation within your muscles. This helps nutrients be transported to your muscles, eliminate toxins produced by muscles and improve overall recovery.
When should I stretch?
We recommend that you never engage in passive stretching before exercising - it's far better to do so afterwards. Passive stretching is specifically used to help you recover after working out and to help your muscles go back to their original length, and is also a pleasant way to return to being at rest. Stretch for 30 minutes after you work out. This is when the muscular toxins and waste are more vulnerable, making them easier for the body to get rid of. For this reason, it's easier to stretch while your body is "hot".
How do I stretch?
The Stretching Add-on that you get when subscribed to FizzUp PRO allows you to do your stretches at home. You must always listen to your body. To do this, follow these suggestions to get the most out of your stretching:
- Read up on how to correctly do the movements used in the app. The aim is to take enough time to study them before you put them into practice.
- Don't force it! It's all about patience and ease.
- Be sure you hold each position for the time suggested.
- Stretch both sides of your body evenly: first the right side, then the left, or the other way around.
- Stick to the rest times between each set or number of reps indicated in the app.
- Breathe calmly and relax. Whenever you need to, exhale more deeply.
You should also acknowledge the following:
- Don't stretch injured muscles.
- Stop stretching if you experience any pain.
- Don't hold your breath.