Carson Adkins -Certified Personal Trainer/FigureFitMiss Intern
Strength training and cardio are two of the biggest components of any workout program. You push your muscles to the limits just to wake up and do it again the next day. There is only one problem with this… many of us choose to skip over a major component when it comes to repairing those muscles we work. That’s right, most of us are skipping the dreaded stretching session!! We talk about how much we need it, but when it comes down to it we make excuses to avoid dealing with the discomfort of a good stretch. The truth of the matter is that stretching has more benefits than just reducing your soreness after a good workout or cardio session. Are you not sleeping well? Stretch. Stressed out about something? Stretch. Wanting to increase range of motion? Stretch. I can’t stress it enough how beneficial a good stretching session can be for your weekly routine and overall health.
The best part about incorporating a flexibility regimen to your workout program, is that it does not require a lot of your time. According to American College of Sports Medicine, to gain these benefits you only have to complete a stretching session of 30 minutes total, two to three times a week. That is much less time than most of our strength training or cardio routines! During these stretching sessions, you should be holding each stretch for 60 seconds total. You can break it up into two 30 second holds or four 15 second holds, whatever you find to be the best option for you! Make sure the stretch is never be pushed to a point of painful, however, you should still feel tension or discomfort when stretching the muscle. It is such a simple addition to your workout program, but a very important one. You know the basics so now it is time to go and give it a try!