Stretching Exercises are Underrated
Stretching is an integral part of my exercise program, and it should be the same with you. Unfortunately, stretching is often times neglected by many individuals. I work out at home now, but when I used to go to the gym I would see many people go straight into their workout without the slightest thought of stretching.
Not me. Stretching is a must. It helps prepare my ligaments and muscles for the strenuous exercises I perform. Most stretching exercises help improve your flexibility and may increase your range of motion. Stretching is also useful for injury prevention and rehabilitation. I stretch when I go for a walk, when I wash the car, and I even stretch when I wake up in the morning. I obviously stretch before and after every workout too. Stretching has been ingrained into my mind since day one. BodyBuilding.com has a very detailed list of stretching exercises that I perform.
It’s also good to stretch when you are in a sedentary position for a long period of time. If you are normally sitting down at work, it’s a good idea to get up every so often and stretch your legs. The same goes for when you are driving long distances. I recall a news story from a few years ago in which a man died from sitting for a long time. The man had been sitting for a few hours while he drove home from work and developed some form of blood clot in his legs. That blood clot had cut off circulation and he died. Keep in mind that it’s a bit more scientific than that, but that’s what basically happened.
Whether you workout or not, please remember to stretch. Add some stretching exercises to your repertoire, you never know what could happen.