I got a wonderful email today from my health care provider (Aetna) and there were so many great little nuggets of information I am going to dedicate a blog post to each one.
Stretching… don’t lie, I know when the video is over and there are 3 minutes left of stretching, you turn the video off and go put in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher. Don’t! Stretching is just as important as the workout both to warm up your muscles and cool them down. This prevents injury.
Experts say the best way to do this is to go at a slower pace for 5 to 10 minutes. So if you’re jogging, you should walk for a few minutes to warm up. And then again to cool down.
Stretching’s important, but bouncing is for balls
While stretching is important to remain flexible, if you don’t do it right, you risk injury. You should stretch your muscles a couple times a week. Hello yoga!
Avoid the following:
- Stretching cold muscles
- Holding a stretch for more than 15 seconds
- Bouncing (don’t do that)
Other ways to avoid injury include using the proper equipment. And having the proper form. No matter what the exercise warriors on television advise, don’t overdo it. If you push yourself too hard, you could go from warrior to war torn.
For more on how to avoid injury from exercise, visit the National Institutes of Health Medline Plus website.