For some people, stretching seems to be less of a concern and it only takes the backseat to their exercise routine. However, this is where they go wrong.
Regular exercise offers numerous benefits. No doubt about it. But the less emphasised regular stretching is just as important as regular exercise. Incorporating it into your daily workouts or simply into your regular day on their own benefits your health and body function.
Stretch and flex classes are stretching and mobility-based sessions that aim to improve functional capacity, recover better, and prevent injury. They teach you how to properly activate and control important stabilizing muscles and perform movements with efficiency, while getting supple and energized.
Active and sedentary people can benefit from joining a stretch and flex class. People with sedentary lifestyles tend to have tight muscles. Stretch and flex can help release restrictions in their bodies. Active people do a lot of vigorous exercises, which tend to leave their muscles contracted. Being flexible will help stretch out the muscles and counteract the shortening effects of their exercises.
The benefits of this program will help you better perform the activities of daily living. If you’re still not convinced with what a stretch and flex class can do for you, here are some of the other amazing benefits of the program:
1. Increased Flexibility
If you are someone who loves to play sports, having flexibility in an optimal level can help you perform with greater ease.
For example, swimmers can have better arm and shoulder extension and rotation; runners can have longer strides; skiers can have deeper knee bends and hip flexion.
Simply put, a stretch and flex program can enhance sports performance.
2. Increased Blood Circulation
When you stretch your muscles, there will be an increase of blood flow throughout your body.
The circulation allows oxygen and nutrients to be carried to your organs and muscles, which is important for function, strength, movement, and flexibility.
3. Increase in Range of Motion
If you have a good range of motion, you are less likely to get injury. The body is designed to move in a specific way.
Maintaining full range of motion of the joints is important for optimal physical health.
You have a better sense of mobility as your perform your daily tasks.
4. Helps with Muscle Growth
Every muscle in your body is being wrapped by a tough connective tissue called fascia. Fascia holds your muscles in their proper place in your body.
However, if your fascia lacks elasticity, it can hinder your muscle growth. If you keep on training and feeding your muscles, but something is holding them back, your muscles will have no room to grow.
Expanding the fascia through stretching will allow your muscles to grow properly.
5. You’ll Feel Good
Almost any form of physical activity, from vigorous to gentle, releases natural feel good chemicals in your body, and stretching is no exception.
These feel good chemicals are endorphins, the neurotransmitters in the brain that can uplift your mood.
So after a stretch and flex class, you’ll be rewarded with positive overall feeling!
If you are looking to give your muscles some tender loving care and improve flexibility and balance, or just want to move more freely with your regular tasks, a stretch and flex class may just be the right fit for you!
Book a stretch and flex class at our Mount Lawley studio this Saturday morning. Call us today on 9272 7359 or book online!