The debate rages on. Stretching style can vary depending on many factors. Do you want to stretch to limber up before a run, exercise class or a swim? Or maybe you just feel tight all the time and it limits you. Part two of a two-part article.Read Part 1
After overcoming some nervousness about my stretch class supporting the WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’s, I realized all I had to do was have fun and the rest will fall into place. It did! One gal told me she was hesitant to come to class because her back was hurting, another was shy and wasn’t sure a group class would be for her. Following the class, here’s what participants said: “It was a lovely class and I look forward to every Thursday”; “My back felt amazingly better yesterday and today! I would like to sign up for next Thursday’s class again. I will be giving you great referrals. Thank you for helping me”.
Half of the proceeds from the class are donated to the San Fernando Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s which will be held on September 13 at CSUN.
Top Five FAQs About Stretching and Flexibility
Q. What kind of stretching method should I use?
A. It depends on the goal. Some stretches are meant to lengthen the muscles (static-active), or improve your movement (static passive); others for strength (dynamic active) or relaxing (dynamic passive).
Q. How many days a week should you stretch?
A. It is best to stretch no less than two to three days a week, but for more benefits related to flexibility, I recommend five to seven days a week. Listen to your body.
Q. How long do I hold the stretch?
A. Though it is very personal, some research states that there are many range-of-motion methods, but none are crystal clear. For example, Yoga poses (static) are held anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes or longer depending on the type of class. Other, more dynamic stretches (slow movement held for a few seconds) are sometimes preferred.
Q. How far should I push myself?
A. Hold a stretch until you feel the sensation, breathe fully and do not bounce. The risk of injury here is just as great as in any exercise. Pay attention to those areas where you are more stiff or have pain.
Q. Will stretching relieve my pain in my back?
A. Stretching will give you relief from tight muscles. In order to get relief from back pain, you need to also strengthen opposing muscles. For instance, working your abs are not enough to strengthen your back, you need to also work the muscles in your back.
If you are not sure how to get started, remember, you don’t need any equipment, just a comfortable spot to spread out and move. I use various equipment to make it interesting and eliminate boredom. Our fun and effective routines here at the studio or in your home combine creative exercises into a total body workout that will improve your flexibility using nothing more than your own body weight. If joining me for a class is not possible, just make yourself a promise to devote time for stretching by yourself. You will feel less restricted in your joints and can move with greater ease. No excuses allowed.
Contact us at www.lorimichielfitness.com or call for more information at 818-620-1442. We do fitness differently.