Stretch or not stretch? – that is the question.

June 28 2017

Of course, to stretch out. Practically everyone should be doing some stretching, so the question should be: why should you stretch?

Stretching, whether after workout or after a day spent behind the desk, strengthens and flexes ligaments, tendons and muscles. Regular stretching exercise makes the body more flexible and reduces the risk of injury.

Strength training

During the training and any other intensified physical effort, our muscles are subjected to major overload and our nervous system receives more stimuli. Right after the intensive training the body claims the moment to breathe – stretching. Exercising with heavy load causes the muscles to stiffen and shorten, thereby limiting the range of movement of the whole body. Moreover, the growth of musculature without proper stretching can lead to slower blood flow and nerve impulses, and consequently to the tension of the body, manifested by pain in the joints and muscles.

In the fight against stress

Stress is present everywhere: at school, at work, in the family. Muscle tension is a natural reaction of the body to stress, but this notorious condition can lead to many diseases. The consequences of permanent stress are posture defects, pain, but also many other illnesses. It is worth to spend a few minutes everyday on stretching training to break up with tiredness and exasperation. It will help to relieve tension and loosen muscles, and will also reduce the pain in the neck and spine. In addition, systematic cosing and stretching increases the mobility of joints if we want to be fit even for five, ten … thirty years – let’s stretch. During stretching more bloat is produced in joints, resulting in increased flexibility and overall fitness. This prevents degeneration and “stiffening” the body.

Stretching with ladders

Generally gymnastic ladders are identified with the gym at school. However, it is a multifunctional device that can easily be installed in an apartment. Well done stretching at the rungs can bring the same benefits. The ladder can be used to make overhangs, which means free hanging on the rungs. This is an ideal exercise for beginners, which allows you to stretch your back muscles. If you put your feet on the first ridge, you will loose the calf muscles, while hanging up the ladder, you will stretch the muscles of the widest back (grab the stick with both hands, then slowly lift both feet from the ground). The more advanced can tempt to do Down Dog training: stand one-two steps from the ladder, clench, forming an angle of 90 degrees and completely straighten your arms, grab the rungs. In this position push the chest gently forward. Good luck!

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