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Flexibility

I must admit, for most of my fitness life, I have not paid much attention to flexibility training.  Being a typical guy, I knew flexibility was important but, I never made any time for it.   For this, I have paid the price.  From spending downtime from injuries, to not being able to do certain exercises, the decision not to stretch has been costly.

As I get older, I realize if I want to keep improving  my physical fitness, I have to make time everyday for flexibility training.  Everyday at CF Kindersley, we incorporate some flexibility training.  We’ve even started a recovery class every Sunday morning.
Here are some things to keep in mind when doing flexibility training:

 warmer muscles are more receptive to stretching, so be extra careful if your muscles are cold

–  stretch until you feel a slight tension.  Never stretch to the point where you feel pain.

 try holding every stretch for 20-30 seconds ( or longer).  If you have time to repeat a stretch, you’ll usually find you can strep a little deeper the second or third time around.

Here are some stretches that I really like:

Couch stretch
Upside down stretch

John Schneider performing the couch stretch

John Schneider performing the couch stretch
John Schneider performing the couch stretch

John Schneider performing the upside down stretch

John Schneider performing the upside down stretch
Shane Sawatsky and John Schneider
Shane Sawatsky and John Schneider
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