October 24, 2011

Key Points For Effective Stretching

Flexibility is one of the simplest elements of fitness to improve. It takes little effort and no specialized equipment. If you perform a few stretching exercises at the end of your workout flexibility training takes up no time at all.

Stretching exercises can and should be performed as part of your warm up and cool down. If you`re an athlete and you want to increase your flexibility then you need to dedicate specific sessions to flexibility training.

For stretching exercises to be effective it`s crucial that you elevate your body temperature first. A pre-exercise warm up should consist of 5-10 minutes of light aerobic exercise followed by stretching exercises for all major muscle groups. Here’s some important stretching tips to keep in mind…

  1. Perform stretching exercises when your body is warm. Ideally at the end of a session to increase flexibility or before a session after 5-10 minutes of light aerobic exercise.
  2. Complete a range of stretching exercises for different muscle groups. Pay particular attention to the muscle groups that are involved most in golf.
  3. Hold each stretch for 10-20 seconds. Initial tightness should gradually diminish as you hold the stretch.
  4. Repeat each of the stretching exercises 2-3 times in succession.
  5. Perform these stretching exercises at least 3 times a week.
  6. Ease slowly in and out of the stretch. Do not bounce! Breathe out as you stretch and continue to breathe as you hold it.
  7. If you feel any pain whatsoever… stop immediately.

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