When it comes to health and fitness, many of us are always looking for new ways to up our game. What if we told you that active stretching could be the game-changer we need? It turns out there could be a new way to mix up our regime once again.
What are the types of stretching?
There are several different types of stretching, and they all get different results. Passive stretching is a type that uses an object to achieve a stretch, such as a resistance band or a partner. Dynamic stretching uses movement to stretch out muscles, but people should be careful not to push themselves further than they can go. These are often used as a part of a warmup, especially when training for certain sports. Ballistic stretching is a third type of stretching, but it’s one that’s usually not recommended. It’s similar to dynamic stretching. However, it actually pushes people’s muscles further than they should stretch.
What is active stretching?
So now that we’ve covered the basics, what is active stretching? They’re not as complicated as they might seem on the surface as it merely means stretching without using other objects, such as a partner or resistance band. Instead, people use their own muscles to stretch out the rest of their body, meaning it’s a good way to ensure we don’t push ourselves too far. People tend to hold these stretches for a few seconds, usually between 10 and 15, before releasing the pose and moving on to something else. Most people tend to use active stretching after their workout.
How do we do active stretching?
There are several ways to start incorporating active stretching into a routine. One of the best ways to start is to think about what muscles you want to target and what you want to get from your stretches. Then, consider when you want to do your active stretching. Perhaps you want to do it after your workout? Maybe you’d like to use it as a part of a yoga-based routine? Whatever the case, there are no set rules to follow when it comes to making them a part of your routine.
What are some examples of active stretching?
Looking at examples of active stretching is one of the best ways to think about incorporating it into your exercise routine. An active hamstring stretch sees people lie on their back with a pillow under their head. Then, left one leg up to the ceiling until you feel a stretch in your hamstring and hold the pose for up to 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side. An active quad stretch is another to add to the list as people stand tall with their feet slightly apart. Carefully bend one knee while lifting your foot toward your behind and hold the pose as you feel a stretch in the front of your thigh.
Active stretching could be the game-changer we need to mix up our exercise regime, especially when it comes to keeping our muscles nice and stretched out.