Fitness Stimulus Plan – Stretching it to the Max

I apologize for the 24 hour delay in the rollout of our tremendous Fitness Stimulus Plan. My golf game has been going downhill as of late and Uncle Sam needed to hit the links and polish up on his swing. 

It seems like everything in the world is stretched to the max right now. Budgets, bank accounts, food stockpiles, stress, tempers, Lysol and don’t forget about our toilet paper debacle. You know what’s not stretched? You! Let’s stretch you to the max and forget about everything else for the moment.

Why stretch? Because, I said so. It also has lots of benefits…

Eliminates Lactic Acid

The moment you work-out muscles, the body produces lactic acid which makes the muscles fatigued and sore. Hence, it is important to stretch as stretching eliminates the lactic acid that has accumulated inside the body and also relaxes the muscles.

Boost your energy

If you stretch properly, you’ll likely notice that your energy level is steady and consistent. When the body cools down, the brain releases endorphins, a natural and healthy feel-good chemical. After a good post-workout stretch, you’ll be energized and ready to meet any challenge.

Pain Prevention

Stretching properly after a workout will not dissipate the pain but will definitely minimize it to a large extent. On the other hand, if your muscles remain tight after a workout, it increases your risk of muscle injury. Stretching can actually minimize and reduce your predisposition to injuries.

Improved Range of Motion

Muscles that have not been stretched tend to remain constricted which prevents you from using them to their full capacity.

If you use your muscles and stretch them after a workout, you will be able to utilize the same muscles towards a greater range of motion. This will get your better results because you will have used your muscles to their maximum capacity.

Increased Muscular Coordination

Enhanced muscle coordination is a common benefit of stretching, especially for people participating in strength training. When you stretch tired muscles, you give them better functional mobility and allow them to synchronize properly.

Gradually slows down the body

When you go through an intense bout of exercise, your body can feel drained and fatigued, but stretching and breathing techniques will help you feel rested and relaxed. By gradually slowing down the body, as opposed to just stopping cold, you maximize the benefits of your workout.

When to Stretch

Stretch daily, especially after a workout.

How Long to Stretch

Hold each stretch for 30-60 seconds for one or two rounds. As you gain flexibility, you can hold each stretch longer for a deeper stretch. Stretch both sides equally. Expect to feel tension while you stretch but no stretch should feel painful. If a stretch hurts you have gone too far. Reduce the range and build up slowly. Never hold your breath .Breathe freely as you hold each stretch. Breathing will help you relax and deepen the stretch.

Try some of the stretches below. Either before you workout, after you workout, or both. 

Stretch Muscles, Not Deficits.

Your Patriotic Gumby,

~ Uncle Sam

Abdominal Stretch

Back Stretch

Biceps Stretch

Butterfly Stretch

Calf Stretch

Chest Stretch

Glute Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch

Lower Back Stretch

Neck Stretch

Obliques Stretch

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