Stretch Daily In Hot Shower.




Stretching need only be performed once a day in the hot shower.
The heat of the water warms the muscles, so they have greater elasticity.
Static stretching can also be performed immediately after vigorous cardiovascular exercise
as part of the cool down.
Usually, the second time your range of motion is better.
Should you stretch first, and then warm up?
The old theory was to stretch first, and then warm up. WRONG! Always
stretch a warm muscle.
That is why I always stretch in the hot shower. I let the hot water warm the
muscle group before I stretch it.
If you don’t have immediate access to a hot shower, or bath, then take at
least five minutes to gradually warm up first. This will slowly elevate your
core body temperature, and help prevent injuries.
Should you keep stretching through the pain?
No, when you stretch a muscle, go to a point where you feel mild tension,
and not pain. When you feel pain, your body is giving you a signal that you
went too far (or over stretched.) Be careful!
Do not bounce when you stretch. You should be comfortable when you
stretch. Bouncy stretching will cause pain, and tear down the muscle
fibers.
How should you breathe when you stretch?
Before you start your stretch take a nice deep breath in through your nose.
Your air passages go all the way down to your belly button, so you should
feel the air expand your belly button area. Slowly exhale as you do your
stretch.
When you stretch on a regular basis, your range of motion will improve,
and you will compliment the other parts of your fitness program.
Stretching should feel good, and relaxing.
 How long should you hold each stretch?
You should hold each stretch for 16 seconds. Do each stretch twice.
Usually, the second time your range of motion is better.
Should you stretch first, and then warm up?
The old theory was to stretch first, and then warm up. WRONG! Always
stretch a warm muscle.
That is why I always stretch in the hot shower. I let the hot water warm the
muscle group before I stretch it.
If you don’t have immediate access to a hot shower, or bath, then take at
least five minutes to gradually warm up first. This will slowly elevate your
core body temperature, and help prevent injuries.
Should you keep stretching through the pain?
No, when you stretch a muscle, go to a point where you feel mild tension,
and not pain. When you feel pain, your body is giving you a signal that you
went too far (or over stretched.) Be careful!
Do not bounce when you stretch. You should be comfortable when you
stretch. Bouncy stretching will cause pain, and tear down the muscle
fibers.
How should you breathe when you stretch?
Before you start your stretch take a nice deep breath in through your nose.
Your air passages go all the way down to your belly button, so you should
feel the air expand your belly button area. Slowly exhale as you do your
stretch.
When you stretch on a regular basis, your range of motion will improve,
and you will compliment the other parts of your fitness program.
Stretching should feel good, and relaxing. 

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