Stretching For A Better Workout

It seems that we are always in a hurry. Lives are busier than ever and we all tend to have very little time to spend in the gym. You know that you have to make the most out of every minute of workout time that you have, and you don’t want to waste it. For many people, this means skipping important items like stretching and warm ups. But did you know that stretching effectively before a workout can actually help you in the long run?

Warming up can make the difference between a subpar workout and a stellar one. Good stretching will help your muscle to be warm and ready to work with blood flowing nicely. This can help you to avoid things like cramps when you are doing cardio or worse, when you are lifting weights.

An effective stretch before your workout will take 5 minutes or less. This is why it is so important to work this time into your designated workouts. You are keeping your body safe and protecting yourself from injury in only 5 minutes worth of time.

Back stretch

Back stretches are the most important before your workout, and also some of the simplest. A good back stretch is as easy as bending over to touch your toes. To stretch your upper back, simply raise your arms with your elbows at your sides and twist at the waist, first in one direction and then another.

Light, easy lunges are a great way to warm up your leg muscles, both the thighs and the calves. Instead of going deep, take a few simple lung steps with each leg to get the blood flowing and your body working.

To stretch your arm muscles, lift both of your arms over your head. Take your right elbow and cup it in your left hand and pull gently towards your left side. Repeat with the other arm. To loosen up your shoulders, hold your arms out to your side and make small circular motions. This will help to get your shoulders and chest muscles loosened up.

A quick minute of jogging in place, jumping jacks or jump roping can help to get your heart pumping before your workout. This can be helpful if you are getting ready to jump on the treadmill or go for a run, that way you are burning calories from the very second you start walking or running.

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