Your Kalamazoo Personal Trainer Discusses the Importance of Stretching

Stretching is often undervalued when it comes to working out, building muscle, or getting lean. In fact, stretching is actually an essential component for muscle health and vitality. While you’re planning your next workout, make sure stretching it part of the plan, as well. In this post, your Kalamazoo personal trainer discusses just what makes stretching so important.

It’s important to stretch before you even start your next workout. Dynamic stretches are great for your warmup. These stretches activate the muscles you will use, improve your range of motion, improve body awareness and loosen up joints, ligaments and tendons through dynamic motion. You’re basically turning your muscles on, so they’re prepared, warmed up, and ready to go.

After a workout, while your muscles are warm, you should do static stretching. This type of stretching lengthens muscles to an elongated position. The looseness and warmness of your muscles allow you to stretch vigorously without accidentally tearing or straining your muscles. When performed correctly and at the right time (after a workout), static stretches help you lengthen tightened muscles and improve your balance and overall fitness.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your stretching, we need to tailor them to your specific workout or physical need. This varies from person to person, which is why it’s important to work with a professional personal trainer.

It doesn’t matter what fitness level you’re at or how much experience you have, proper and tailored-to-you stretching is guaranteed to make you happier and healthier. Not only does stretching improve flexibility, coordination, and balance it may help correct your posture by lengthening muscles. Stretching your muscles can even reduce stress by releasing tension from stiff muscles.

At GN Strength & Conditioning, we have the experienced staff, equipment, and resources necessary to help you meet your fitness goals. You and your Kalamazoo personal trainer will work together to develop a stretching, workout, and nutritional plan that works for you.

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