The importance of stretching

All opinions are my own. They are based on research, and advice from health practitioners. Always consult a physician before attempting any of these stretches.

We’ve all experienced aches, strains, PAIN and discomfort. It happens to all of us. It’s  even more of a pain when working out (pardon the pun).

I’ve decided to post about the importance of stretching, whether it’s after exercise or just when you’re encountering any of the issues I mentioned.

The main reasons for stretching are mobility and to alleviate pain and discomfort. There are many ways to stretch for whatever area of your body that’s sore

I endure pain and discomfort daily. I know I’m not alone. Many of you reading this have probably experienced this as well.

My first experience with back pain came over seven years ago. We were at our niece’s wedding. I remember it was almost one hundred degrees outside. Except for one glass of water, all I had to drink that day was beer. Unbeknownst to me, alcohol will cause dehydration, which the chiropractor I was seeing at the time said was probably the cause.

My back pain and issues about three years ago. I remember my back seizing up and the pain was unbearable. This was around the time I gave up exercising, because of my stupidity. I could not move my legs from front to back, only side to side. Muscle spasm? Pinched nerve? The doctor at the ER thought it was either (disappointed face).

From that point on, I dealt with chiropractors, physical therapists and doctors putting me on pain medicine and muscle relaxers. I even had two cortisone injections! Nothing seemed to work!

I went to another physical therapist and she determined that the majority of my problem was muscular, not skeletal. Sure, I have a bulging disc in my lower back, but, because of my muscles so tight, they were really fighting against each other, and therefore was causing the discomfort.

She had me do several different stretches and my body reacted positively to them! I continue to stretch daily, mainly with a foam roller. That has been a godsend! You can stretch pretty much any part of your body with it.

Since I deal with back issues, I searched online for how to properly stretch with the foam roller. Yes, you can do it improperly. Going too fast is not conducive to getting the results you want. Go slow! You can find several back stretches, using a foam roller here.

For standard stretches for your back, you can find videos here.

For me personally, I don’t stretch before working out. I do warm-up exercises, little to no weight, just to activate the muscles I’m going to work. Before that, I’ll do arm circles one way for about twenty seconds, then reverse for twenty seconds. I also do arm scissors, moving your arms horizontally in front of you, crossing left over right, then right over left. Again, for twenty seconds, then lift light weights about ten repetitions.

Post workout is when I stretch. Whatever exercise you’re doing, look up warm up exercises you can do before working out and stretches for after. I also take turmeric supplements, which are noted for its anti-inflammatory properties. Stretching after a good workout feels so good! If you’re exercising, and you’re not stretching, you run the risk of injury, which will only set you back. Stretch for your health. Stretch for life!

Rog

Husband, father to 3 kids, papa to 2 grand kids. I love rock music (mostly), travel and social media. I am a VA, & a Social Media Marketing Manager. I just recently jumped into the world that is blogging. I look forward to interacting with you!

32 thoughts on “The importance of stretching

  • October 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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    I never really took stretching seriously until I started having lower back issues. UGH! Now I stretch everyday and I’m SO happy I do!

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    • October 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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      I stretch pretty much everyday. I really focus on stretching post workout when I work my back and legs. It feels amazing!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    I think stretching is extremely important. I also have a bulging disc in my lower back and my neck. Stretching seems to make it feel better at least for a little while.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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      Yes! You might find that all-natural supplements that are used for inflammation might work, even if they help take the edge off the discomfort and pain. On the plus side, you won’t become dependent on OTC medicines!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm
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    I stretch everyday. I feel so much better since I started. It’s really helped my back, and the rest of my body feels much better, as well.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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      I’ve got to get to a point where it’s a habit to stretch daily, not because I’m stiff or sore, especially after working out.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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      Thank you for your kind words and your support 🙂

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  • October 5, 2017 at 7:19 pm
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    There is not better feel than to stretch. I love the way my back and legs feel when I give them that loud morning stretch yawn.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm
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      One thing I do, without fail, is stretch while in bed. It feels so good first thing in the morning!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    It’s awesome that the stretches you were introduced to ended up helping so much! I can see why warming up and stretching would be important for preventing injuries.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm
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      Yes indeed! I’ve learned from experience for me I’d rather warm up before exercising, then stretch after. I’ve pulled and strained muscles stretching pre-workout. Ouch!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm
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    I need to remember these tips because I am bad at stretching. I always think because I start on the treadmill walking lightly that it is enough but it isn’t.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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      Yes. Even if you just do a light stretch, you’re diminishing the possibility of pulling a muscle. But, it also depends on the intensity of your workout too😊
      Points to ponder

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  • October 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    This is so important before exercising. I know I don’t do it often, but need to do it more. I usually walk outside or on the treadmill.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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      The thing I do is make a conscious effort to stretch afterwards. Most times my body will say, “yeah, you better stretch”

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  • October 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    I actually just took a stretch break after a LONG day on the computer. It totally helps me when I’ve been at a desk all day.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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      I get stiff a lot from sitting too long

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  • October 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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    My friend has an injured back at the moment because she spends lots of time at the gym, boxing and doing various other stuff. Stretching the right way is so important.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm
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      Very important indeed! Perhaps she might need a few sessions of physical therapy to give her some ideas for different stretches

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  • October 5, 2017 at 10:37 pm
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    I was thinking about that today…how good it felt to stretch. Your body needs that more than anything and cries for it.

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  • October 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm
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    I’ve started stretching when I wake up and it makes such a difference, especially as I get older.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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      As we get older it’s more important to stretch

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  • October 5, 2017 at 11:34 pm
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    I have a bad habit of not stretching before or after working out. With all the back pain I’ve been having, I’m learning that stretching IS super important. Thank you.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 11:36 pm
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      Sometimes a subtle reminder that we need to do these things, especially as we get older, is all ya need 😊

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  • October 6, 2017 at 12:35 am
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    This is so great! Stretching really is powerful for the body.

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    • October 6, 2017 at 8:11 am
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      Yes there are several benefits

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  • October 6, 2017 at 5:18 am
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    Stretching is always so important! I can always tell when I have rushed through it!

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    • October 6, 2017 at 8:10 am
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      Yes same here! I’m not as “fluid” afterwards

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    • October 7, 2017 at 4:14 am
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      I cannot stress it enough! Thank you 😊

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