In many exercise programs, be it weight lifting for building and toning muscles or cardio vascular exercises for increasing stamina and to lose weight, most people do not perform enough stretching exercises. Although stretching exercises can be performed by anyone, at any age, unless that person has some physical restriction. What is worse, many people do not even stretch before and after exercising. Unbeknownst to most people, stretching also has anti aging benefits.
Stretching is an important aspect of exercising and should be a part of any exercise routine and program. There are many wonderful benefits when you perform regular stretching exercises. Stretching exercises not only, help you to warm up and cool down before and after your workouts, it can and will actually, help your muscles to grow bigger and stronger, as well.
Stretching exercises help muscle growth because stretching lengthens your muscles and giving your muscle fibers a greater range of motion when lifting weights. So, in effect, it recruits more muscle fibers, causing your muscles to grow stronger and bigger from your weight training.
By stretching your muscles after an intensive workout will reduce muscle soreness commonly known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) which usually, occurs a day after your workout.
Performing stretching exercises before your workout or before a physically, demanding sporting activity will also, decrease your chances of sustaining injuries and muscle cramps which will certainly, destroy the joy of your activity.
When you stretch regularly, stretching exercises will help you gain agility which, will make your daily chores much more pleasant and if, you play sports, you will notice your agility is much better than others, who do not stretch. This will put you in a more beneficial position against your opponents.
If, you are a baby boomer and age is catching up, this agility will make your life so much more pleasurable, because you will be able to avoid stiff muscles and stiff joints, unlike your peers who do not stretch. You will be more mobile, agile and suffering from less pain associated with aging and stiff body parts. These anti-aging benefits from stretching regularly are priceless. Benefits that money will never be able to buy.
In addition, you can stretch anytime, anywhere and whenever you choose. Stretching exercises need not be limited as a pre and post workout activity. So, start a stretching exercise routine soon and make it part of your everyday lifestyle. You will surely, enjoy the pleasures and anti-aging benefits that a regular stretching routine can bring you.
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Bart D. Ebinger