Don’t Stretch Too Far

We’ve heard it time and time before: it’s extremely impor­tant to stretch before and after your work out. It increases your flex­i­bil­ity, pre­vents future injuries, reduces stress and increases your range of motion. We are told that we should do but we aren’t warned enough about what we shouldn’t do.

Don’t stretch your­self too far. It’s impor­tant to lis­ten to what your body is telling you. Stretch should cause dis­com­fort, not pain. If you feel too much pain odds are that you aren’t stretch cor­rectly. The Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Exer­cise rec­om­mends that you don’t stretch cold mus­cles. Do some light jog­ging before stretch­ing to warm up your mus­cles. This will pre­vent future injury such as strains, pulls, and tears.

Here’s a basic stretch video for beginners:

Stretch­ing for Beginners