FLEXIBILITY IS IMPORTANT

055c9b4e1a27c7888024470efc5177baFlexibility is important. Both physically and mentally.

But we are talking about being flexible physically today.

Being flexible helps prevents injuries from sports, athletics, and everyday activities.

Being flexible helps with your strength and power. The ability to move your muscles and joints in a full range of motion allows everything to maximize their proficiency.

Having good flexibility allows you to age slower. The more you move your body in great ranges of motion, the slower the body ages where it cannot move youthful anymore.

Stretching on a daily basis can help reduce your physical and mental stress.

Being flexible just makes you feel better because you can move with grace and with no effort. Movement never becomes a chore when you don’t have to limit any range of motion due to lack of mobility.

Stretching everyday is important to our wellbeing. You don’t have to go hard at it. You don’t have to take it to pain. Stretching should be enjoyable and you can decide how challenging you want it based on your goals. Do you want to be the most flexible person you know or do you just want a full range of motion without any pain or limitations of mobility. It’s a personal choice. You can decide whether you want to spend only a few minutes a day working on your flexibility and mobility or you can stretch out more much long each day. Make it a daily ritual. Stretching can become a time of day where you take care of yourself in a quiet manner. It is almost like moving meditation.

Stretching is a very personal thing that competition should never come into play. Ego should never come into play as well. Stretching is something that is pure and selfish at the same time.

If you are not stretching or working on your flexibility each day, why not? And if you need some help getting started, please let me know and I can help you get started.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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STRETCHING, DO YOU DO IT?

Stretching is something in my opinion that everyone should be doing. Are you stretching on a regular basis? If not, how come?

Here is some reasons why you should be stretching on a regular basis:

  • It helps prevents injuries
  • It can improve your strength up to 18%
  • It can improve your athleticism
  • It will make you feel younger
  • Helps with your range of motion
  • Can help make you less sore after your workouts
  • Helps keeps the elasticity of your muscles for a longer period of time
  • and many other benefits

So please tell me why you are not stretching? The benefits clearly speak for themselves. And if you are stretching, keep it up my friend. You know how it feels to be flexible. It feels great doesn’t it?!

You know if you work out with weights they say you should be stretching out at least half the amount of time that you do weight training. So if you spend 5 hours a week training with weights, you should be spending at least 2.5 hours stretching if not more. It is very important that you do. When you are training with weights you are always contracting the muscles. Well you also need to relax and lengthen them in the opposite directions of the contractions otherwise you are creating an imbalance which can cause injuries and un-neccsary ware and tare on your body.

And if you think stretching is boring, you may be wrong. There is all kinds of ways to stretch out to keep it fresh. There is many different styles of athletic stretching and yoga style stretches that can keep you learning and progressing for almost forever. Having a good mixture of yoga and athletic stretching is what I do for balance in my conditioning. It certainly does make a difference in performance and health.

Do you have time in your busy schedule? Yes you do. If you spend any time at all watching tv or lying around, you can stretch out. So give it a good honest try.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do