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Stretching

Stretching

Are you looking to improve your game? Then do not skip stretching. Yes, stretching. Warming up before any physical activity can help improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury. Read on to learn simple moves to help you before and after physical activity…

Improve Your Game With Stretching

Do you want to improve your game? Then do not skip stretching. Warming up before any physical activity can help improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury. Stretching also helps to lengthen muscles, delivers increased oxygen to your muscles and promotes flexibility. Before any physical activity you should stretch at least 5 to 10 minutes.

It is important to remember not to stretch to the point that you feel pain, you should just feel a slight tension. Also, do not bounce when you stretch or stretch torn or injured muscles. It is important to consult your physician before starting any exercise regimen.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Start with your Thighs – Stand on your left foot, with your right hand pull your right foot toward your buttocks. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then switch and stretch your left side.

Now move to your Calves- Lean against a wall and place your right leg behind you. Bend your left leg at the knee and make sure to keep your foot flat. Hold this position for 30 second and then switch legs.

On to your Hamstrings – Sit on the floor and straddle your legs. Extend your arms in front of you and slowly move your chest to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds.

And now your Lower Back – Lie down on the floor and bend your knees in a 90 degree angle. Roll your knees both to the right side and keep your shoulders on the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and then roll your knees to the left side.

And finally, your Shoulders and Chest – Stand up and place both your arms in back of you and grasp both your hands. Make sure you pull your shoulders down, so the blades are touching. Remember not to arch your back and hold for 30 seconds.

At the end of your physical activity it is important to spend another 5-10 minutes cooling down to lower your heart rate. Your cool down should include at least 5 minutes of cardio at a slower pace, example walking on a treadmill along with stretching exercises. Your cool down is important because it helps reduce muscle soreness and your risk for injuries.

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