Stretching will make you a better athlete!!

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Foam Rolling Seminar, Wedneday, May 16 @ 6:00-7:30pm

with Abby Gillard, PT, DPT, CSCS
Why is stretching so important?
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-Stretching helps to release fatigue from tired muscles
-It helps to improve blood circulation
-It makes muscles more flexible and pliable
-It helps to bring the heart rate back to normal after a work-out
-It helps in preventing post-exercise soreness
-It reduces chances of injury
-It helps you to tune your mind and your body
-It relaxes you and makes you feel good.

Stretch in-between sets and right after the work-out; don't delay it.

Remember: you are exercising to become strong, not weak!

Benefits of Stretching
Regular stretching adds value to your fitness goals and helps you experience the following benefits:
-Increased flexibility and better range of motion to your joints. Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes, or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring. Flexibility tends to diminish as you get older, but you can regain and maintain it with stretching practices
- Improved circulation. Stretching increases blood
to your muscles, more info here Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste by-products in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you've had muscle injuries
-Better posture. Frequent stretching can help keep your muscles from getting tight, allowing you to maintain proper posture. Good posture can minimise discomfort and keep aches and pains away
-Stress relief. Stretching relaxes tight, tense muscles that often accompany stress
- Enhanced co-ordination. Maintaining the full range
of motion through your joints keeps you in better balance. Co-ordination and balance will also keep you mobile and less prone to injury from falls, especially as you get older.