Everyone ends up doing some exercising activity at some time; whether it is a regular exercise, a sport or a game that you like. Regardless of the reason for your physical exercise, you will beyond question end up pushing your body hard at some point. When this chance arises, you need to be ready for the rigors being placed on your body. The best way to do this is to be certain to perform some basic stretching exercises prior to partaking in strenuous training exercise of any kind. You should make sure to stretch out your shoulders and neck, your arms, and your back and legs, all of which are most likely to be used and are more than likely to be injured or strained.
Some Simple Stretches:
It is important to stretch your neck as having tight neck muscles can lead to headaches and backaches, and serious injury can result if you are not careful. Neck stretches are Simple to perform. Simply stand with your shoulders loose and your arms straight down, and then turn your neck forward, back, and side to side, holding each position for a count of five. This limbers up your neck muscles and can be easily completed anywhere.
Upper Arms/Shoulder Stretching Exercises
The easiest stretch you canperform for your shoulders and upper arms is to take an arm and crook it around your neck so that you have your elbow pointing outwards in front of you and your hand flat on your opposite shoulder blade. Hold that for about ten to ten to fifteen seconds and then switch arms. This stretches your upper arms and shoulders. You can also stand with your feet apart, knees slightly flexed and raise your arms straight up, holding an elbow with the opposite hand and bending in the same direction as the arm holding the elbow (so if your right hand is holding your left elbow, bend to the right). Hold it for 10 to 15 seconds, and then repeating on the opposing side.
Most stretching routines are going to unknowingly stretch your back too, but if you want to concentrate on your back for a stretch, try this one. Simply stand with your hands on your hips, twist your torso around with your feet flat on the floor and hold it for ten to fifteen counts. Repeat this move in the opposing direction. This is a perfect stretching exercise prior to doing core stability exercise routines.
Legs Stretching Exercise Routines
Legs get a lot of stretching concentration as no matter what you are doing, your legs are getting a workout. A simple stretching exercise for your quads is to stand straight and lift one leg up, cross it over your backside and hold onto your foot. Hold this position for ten to fifteen seconds and then do the opposing leg. Another one is to do a partial lunge: Place your hands on a wall and stretch out one leg, maintaining the other one bent at a straight angle. Keep your feet lined up, one behind the other and hold for 10 to 15 seconds.
Then switch legs. A final one is to stretch your ankles by simply standing on one foot and gently rotating your opposite foot and ankle, then repeat for the opposite ankle. It is very important to stretch before engaging in any kind of exercise or games. These are just a few ways to stretch; really, you can do any sort of movement as long as you do it slowly, steadily and it forces your muscles to limber up and stretch out. Once you’re done, you will not only be ready to play or exercise in a more effective degree of safety, but you’ll also feel more like performing since the stretching will get your blood flowing and you’ll be pumped to get going.