Stretching & Working Out are the perfect duo that most of us try to keep separate. Most of the times we only do one, or none. Sometimes, we are on a tight schedule and we just want to jump right into our exercise routine. Other times, we simply forget and try to supplement with a quick stretching routine. There are many people that believe that stretching & working out are two different things, and even though, they are, they need to complement each other.
Which One Should I Do First?
If you answer was stretching, then you are in the right path. Stretching does not have to be complicated or too long to be effective. However, depending on the type of stretching routine, you can actually say that stretching is your “workout routine”. You have practices like yoga and Pilates that concentrate on stretching your body guided by a professional instructor. If you are already a fan of these practices, then give yourself a pat on the back.
Tips To Stretching
There is no secret recipe to stretching out, however, knowing certain movements and learning how to prepare your body for the day ahead, it is key to a healthy routine. Here are some tips:
- Knowing your limitations. If you know that certain parts of your body are not the same as ten years ago, please make sure to get them clear by your doctor. Putting too much stress on your knees and/or joints may not be a smart idea if you just had a knee replacement.
- Find an expert. Plan a trip to your local gym and or get expert advice from a personal trainer.
- Research it. Knowing what the best stretching routine is for your body, may be the key to a happy relationship with your workout.
- Time it right. If you know that you want to be running at 6 am, please allow at least 15 minutes to stretch your legs before you hit the road. This can prevent many injuries.
Where Can I Go?
Thanks to the internet, it is easier to find what you are looking for. You can start by doing a search at your local parks for running tracks and/or yoga classes. If you are local to Westchester, NY. We are located in the center of Mount Kisco, NY. You can give us a Call now you can stop by for additional information, or you can fill out our contact form and we will get back to you at our earliest opportunity.