For The Health Of It in June

Stretching regularly will strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. The more flexible you are, the better it is for your joints, your day-to-day range of motion to avoid injury.

Even though it’s best to do deep stretching post-workout, your warmup can also include elements that have built-in stretches, like lunges, or doing high kicks. After a workout, should be more purposeful stretching to reduce tension so that your muscles can return to a relaxed state.

Tips for better stretching

  • Focus on Major muscle groups – which are shoulders and neck, calves, thighs, hips, and lower back.
  • Hold stretches for about 30 seconds on each side. Do not bounce.
  • Remember to breathe. Exhale while going into the stretch; hold the stretch as you inhale.

These health tips are brought to you by the Warm Springs Diabetes Program.