Stretching is like other types of exercises that need to be done correctly and at the right time to be effective and avoid injury. In its most basic form, stretching is a natural and spontaneous activity, such as stretching after a good night’s sleep or after a long period of been sitting.

The two most commonly used stretches are dynamic and static. Dynamic stretching is a walking stretch that involves performing slow, controlled movements through a full range of motion. 

Static is what we see most people do by applying gentle tension to an area of the body and holding the position for 30 seconds or until a release is felt.

Yoga falls in a mix of static and dynamic, leaning more towards static.

Some of the general benefits of stretching include:

  • Increased flexibility and joints range of motion
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Increased blood flow to the muscles
  • Stress relief
  • Posture
  • Injury Prevention
  • Increased Nutrients and Reduced Soreness. …
  • Release Tension 
  • Increase Energy

Stretching incorrectly or overstretching can do more harm than good. Overdoing to the point of causing tears, hypermobility, instability, and even permanent damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscle fiber.

Injuries from overstretching: When the muscles are warm, you may feel as if you are more flexible than you are. You could go beyond your limits, putting stress on the tendons and ligaments. The more you continue to stretch your ligament in joint-heavy poses, the higher the risk of a tear or stretching them to the point of producing joint instability. Overstretched ligaments do not revert to normal.

Day 5 Assignment

Do the warm-up from the first day

Then once you are warmed up, proceed with the stretching routine

Take a selfie or a video  and post it on A Stronger You with #Day5 #Done

When you post a video, I will comment on your form and technique and give you feedback. This is recommended to make the most out of the challenge.