Effects of Stretching and Precautions
Stretching is an exercise performed by straightening the body and feeling the muscles stretch. It aims to prevent injuries, exercise physical strength, and recover from fatigue. In addition, it is necessary to maintain the balance of the body. One of the main purposes of stretching is also to increase flexibility by expanding the range of motion (ROM) in which joints can move.
Stretching gives elasticity to muscles and tendons (tissue that connects bones and muscles), and increases flexibility by expanding the range of operation of joints. It keeps muscles flexible and activates the body that is not activated, helping to transition the exercise to a possible state. It is an activity that is necessary to relax tense muscles in everyday life, such as sitting at a desk all day, doing housework, or driving a car, even if it is not related to exercise.
If the purpose of exercise is to improve human function, it should be done regularly and continuously. Therefore, it is necessary to configure stretching for various purposes, including increased flexibility, to gradually increase the strength of the movement. Many people tend to regard stretching as a warm-up or a clean-up exercise, but to improve flexibility or to relieve muscle stiffness, you must do it steadily for about three to four days a week.
Usually, people stretch with warm-up exercises, but rather warm-up exercises should be carried out before stretching. Warm-up exercise refers to exercise in which body temperature rises to the point where you get a little sweat. After raising the body temperature through light walking or running in place, stretching can increase the effectiveness of exercise, and also prevent injuries caused by sudden muscle kidneys.
effect of stretching
Increased flexibility reduces inefficient and unnatural human movement, enabling natural human activity. There will be no one who hasn’t stiffened their muscles or suffered muscle pain. Stretching is to get out of this discomfort and avoid muscle damage. Stretching prevents musculoskeletal damage in exercise and daily life, and exerts the effect of increasing the ability to perform exercise.
· It relieves tension in the muscles, making the body soft and comfortable.
· As human activity becomes more free and comfortable, it becomes natural to perform various parts of the body at the same time.
· Extend the range of joint operation to improve the ability to perform exercise.
· It has the effect of preventing muscle and joint injuries.
· Activate your body for this activity (exercise), making it easier to move.
· Develop body perception.
· Promote circulation.