The desire to stretch is a natural impulse – it is stretched to relieve fatigue or stiffness after being in one position for too long. As a form of exercise stretching is easy, pleasant and safe, the perfect antidote to physical and mental stress.
Stretching is good for the whole body, especially the spine. It releases tension in the muscles, improves circulation and relieves stress, leaving you refreshed and relaxed.
Stretching Routine As A Form Of Exercise
Deep breathing is part of stretching exercises. When you stretch to relieve fatigue, you tend to yawn at the same time as you take a deep breath followed by an exhalation in the home stretch.
This link between your body movement and your breathing develops when you stretch regularly. Be careful not to hold your breath and breathe slowly and evenly. After a while the breath as it stretches will come naturally.
Each section of this section is designed to stretch and strengthen your spine, energizing your entire body. The order in which the practice of the sections is important.
Therefore, you should learn the sections in the order they appear and practice your stretching routine every day.
The intensity of stretching can vary greatly from one individual to another, and it is important to understand that keeping the body flexible and relaxed is not a competition so you should start with the less elastic movements to make sure you feel and have an understanding of stretching.
Regularity of practice, not intensity of practice, is the key to success.
Read the following points before starting a full-body stretching chart because they are important if you want to do it safely and get the most out of your stretching routine.
- Go slowly. If you decide to follow the basic program, learn the positions that need ‘less stretching’ to get your body used to the right movements. More ‘stretch’ positions demand strength and flexibility. You should practice basic stretching for a few months before trying something more advanced.
- In many of these positions keep your legs straight. To avoid pushing the back of your knees and ligament injuries, pull up on your knees, tightening the front thigh muscles.
- Do not practice immediately after eating.
- Relax your muscles and never force your body into a stretch.
- Start each movement with an exhalation and then breathe normally. Do not hold your breath as this causes tension.
- Hold each stretch for as long as you can comfortably continue. At first this will only take a few seconds, but as you begin to practice your stretching routine regularly you can gradually increase it.