36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching
Everyone needs a good stretching, regardless whether he is a weekend warrior, daily exerciser, or chronic sitter. Namely, stretching works on several levels. It helps the blood reach the muscles and helps the joints move through full range of motion. In addition to this, it reduces the risk of injuries and pain, it improves the athletic performance, and it significantly improves the posture.
However, do you know which muscles you are stretching or whether you are doing it properly as part of your flexibility or yoga routine?
Luckily, we offer few tips on the topic, and having this knowledge will help you choose the stretch that fits your needs. If you start feeling any pain, meaning a good, stretchy pain, pinpoint the painful muscle and change the current technique so that you prevent any unwanted injury.
These stretches are designed to be felt in the belly of the muscle. However, you shouldn’t feel any strain or pressure in the joints. If you do feel any pressure, it means that you are pushing too far. Focus on the breathing while doing the stretching and make sure the movements are completely natural.
While doing the stretching, you should focus on feeling the muscles relaxed and going back to their natural length. Forget about the time while holding the stretch! The stretching itself should last about 5-30 seconds. If you feel that for any reason the stretch doesn’t work for you, try another one.
The illustrations presented in this article are made by Vicky Timon, a yoga expert and author of “Encyclopedia of Pilates Exercises”, and James Kilgallon, CSCS, creator of Mazio’s Body Maintenance Program.
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