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Sep 21, 2023
Physical activity plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle, but stretching exercises should not take a back seat to your workout routine. Consider taking time to focus on your mobility so you can stay active and pain free as you work toward your physical activity goals. It is important to pay attention to tight joints, tendons, and muscles as you explore new ways to become more active.
When beginning a new exercise regime, mobility is often overlooked by strength and conditioning routines. Poor mobility can lead to aches, pains, and even injury that can derail a healthy lifestyle and make it hard to meet your goals. One thing you can do to help yourself feel good and stay active is to practice daily stretches. Stretching can help improve flexibility, and, as a result, the range of motion of your joints.
Better flexibility may:
Before you plunge into stretching, make sure you do it safely and effectively. It is recommended to stretch each muscle group for at least 60 seconds. You can stretch in sets of 10 to 30 seconds at a time, or all at once. While stretching, a mild discomfort may occur. Sharp or intense pain should be avoided. The idea
is to let the muscle relax into the stretch. Forcing a position can cause the muscle to tighten up or cause injury.
Don’t forget that stretching is not considered a warmup. You may hurt yourself if you stretch cold muscles. Before stretching, warm up with light walking or jogging low intensity for about 10 minutes.
So, now that you’re all stretched and ready to move, what’s next? Exercise can feel overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be.
5 tips to keep you motivated for exercise:
When we were kids, we were physically active through play. Exercising wasn’t even a thought. Now that we are adults, it can be difficult to fit the recommended amount of physical activity into our busy schedules. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. You can reach this goal by breaking it up into smaller amounts each day.
If you dread the idea of breaking a sweat, it might be time to think about fun ways you can get active, just like you’re a kid again. Here are a few fun ways you can make movement fun:
If you can’t find time to try the activities above, you can always consider incorporating more movement into the common daily activities below:
Always consult a healthcare provider before attempting a new exercise regimen and always remember to stretch after your workout when your muscles are warm. You may ask a medical professional about physical activity and stretches that are right for you. If you are struggling with pain or have other medical concerns, seek treatment from a medical professional.
Sources: MayoClinic.org, ACSM.org, NIH.gov, CDC.gov
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