The last couple weeks I've given you reason why you want to lift heavy weights, a weight workout and a cardio workout. That leaves stretching for this week.
What are the benefits of being flexible? And no, I'm not talking about being able to do the splits.
Or fold yourself in half to sleep.
I'm talking about being flexible enough for your joints to move through their entire range of movement without causing pain or discomfort. Or being flexible enough to decrease your risk of injury.
How do you do that?
There's a couple different ways to improve your flexibility. First is a dynamic warm up before you workout followed by easy stretching after your workout. The other way is to take a yoga or pilates class. I'm going to show you a dynamic warm-up and some after exercise stretches.
A dynamic warm-up coordinates all of your moving parts—muscles, ligaments, and joints—by challenging your flexibility, mobility, strength and stability all at once.
You'll want to perform each exercise for 15-30 yrds.