◼️ It seems easy (and it is), but that does not make it any less important.
Stretching is necessary to prepare the muscles before any sporting activity, to avoid injuries and stay flexible after exercise. Here are some recommendations for you to do it properly.
STRETCH OUT FREQUENTLY
Stretching is natural, watch a cat or dog when they get up. The first thing they do is stretch. Always stretch after exercise gently, so that the muscles and fascia return to their natural state.
To stretch, you also have to warm up. Before a stretch, make simple movements that serve as a warm-up, such as turning the shoulders and arms, some squats or stretching the legs.
DON’T FORCE IT
Don’t try to bend as a contortionist when you stretch. Soft and slow is the constant when it comes to stretching. Don’t pull or force your body to go further if it’s not ready.
The ideal tension to stretch is one that doesn’t hurt but that you feel something. The ideal stretch is a small pull that stays while you stretch, and you get to feel that it gives of itself, without hurting.
Try to take the breath to the stretched part. Yes, the legs don’t have lungs, but if you visualize or imagine that the oxygen reaches that part, you will see how you stretch better and feel more relaxed and loose.
Although there are proponents of the rebound, the general opinion is that it is better not to bounce when you stretch. The rebound of a stretch tends to tighten the muscle, not to release it.
Do not stretch injured or very sore muscles, unless it is a therapy.