- Relax your mind
- Reduce muscle tension
- Help coordination by allowing for less restricted movements
- Increase range of motion
- PREVENT INJURIES (better resistance to stress)
- Promote circulation (always a good thing!!)
- It just feels good!
You can stretch anywhere at anytime…no excuse to put it off. Even if you are limited by injuries, you can still stretch within your limits and chances are stretching is a major part of your rehab process.
Consult a Personal Trainer at your gym and go over basic stretching techniques. The rule of thumb is to hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds and complete 2-3 sets of total body stretching 3 or more days per week.
Use a stretching routine as a chance to get away from the physical and mental stresses of daily life and take some “me” time. Whether in silence or listening to your favourite CD, just disappear into your own world and spend some quality time with your mind and body…enjoy!