The Skinny on Stretching | Why is Stretching Important?

One aspect of fitness that people most often overlook is flexibility.  With exercise comes tight muscles and those tight muscles can occasionally lead to problems.  No, it’s not that big a deal if you can’t pick up your keys off the floor without bending your knees, but it is a big deal if your hamstrings are so tight that they are in danger of tearing, and the best way to prevent that is through stretching.There are several different types of stretching that you can do, most of which should be performed after exercise as a cool down.  Static stretching, which is what people usually think of as stretching and entails stretching a muscle group for anywhere from ten to sixty seconds, is a fantastic way to improve flexibility.  Another way is through active isolated stretching, which involves contracting antagonistic muscle groups (the hip flexors if you are trying to stretch your hamstring) and guiding the limb into a stretch with a rope, holding the stretch for only a few seconds.  AIS also has the benefit of being a decent warm-up, due to the active nature of the stretching.Stretching is probably one of the most important aspects of fitness that is easily overlooked.  People who are hardcore about getting in cardio and resistance exercises, who have proper nutrition and more supplements and powders than a pharmacy will overlook stretching in favor of something else, often to their detriment.  Not only can stretching help to keep you from getting injured due to tight muscles, but it can also help improve performance.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241