The Importance of a Warm-Down After A Workout

Stretching involves stretching the muscle and connective tissue around the muscle. Regular stretching will make the connective tissue firmer, more stable and more elastic. To improve flexibility and overall posture, stretch the major muscle groups - front, back and inner thigh muscles, chest and neck muscles - until you feel intense pulling. Preferably as often as possible, not only during sports, but also in the morning after getting up or watching TV.

There are two different methods: Dynamic stretching stretches every muscle part for 10 to 45 seconds, constantly making small, gentle mini-movements. The stretching stimulus must be noticeable, but you should not bounce vigorously with momentum. The muscles are best stretched before and after exercise.

Static stretching lasts between 10 and 45 seconds in the stretched position. Because this reduces the blood circulation of the muscle, one should then relax the muscles and move the joints. This method is best suited for stretching training in between to improve mobility regardless of the sport.

There should be at least half an hour between extreme muscular strain and the onset of exercise. During this time, certain breakdown products are transported out of the muscles.

Athletes who start stretching earlier risk prolonging their recovery time rather than shortening themselves. After moderate exercise, stretch immediately to relieve cramps, remove imbalances, and relax muscles and caress the soul.

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