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:
Upside down stretch