There are many benefits to be gained from regular stretching.

Group class of four people stretchingStretching is important

It can be tempting to cut short a workout session or forget to include a stretching routine, especially when you are short on time. It’s important that stretching becomes a regular habit as it can have a positive impact on your overall health. The benefits of regular stretching include flexible muscles, an increased range of motion in joints, and a decreased risk of injury. 

For best results, it’s good to have an understanding of the two types of stretching.

Dynamic stretching

Dynamic stretching involves the continuous movement of your muscles, such as a walking lunge or making wide circles with your arms. This type of stretching is best before or during a workout session as it helps to warm up your joints and muscles.

Static stretching

Static stretching involves holding positions for a certain amount of time, often for around half a minute. This kind of stretching is best after a workout when your muscles have been warm and are ready to be cooled down.

The wide benefits of stretching are the reason that our Group Fitness instructors include dynamic stretches during the warm-up, and static stretches at the end of our Group Fitness classes. For a session that targets all of your major muscles, our Stretch and Release class is a great way to unwind. For the days you're not able to make it to the gym, find some time for a home stretching routine(external link).

For all the physical benefits, many find that stretching slowly is also a great way to relax mentally. Next time you're working out or need to wind down after a stressful day, make sure to incorporate some time for a stretching routine.