5 common stretching mistakes that can ruin your workout
Although we are aware of the importance of stretching so that our body is at its best and does not suffer injuries during training, probably more than once you had to rush out of the gym without being able to stretch each and every muscle you’ve worked well.
If you want to avoid ruining your training, write down the 5 most common mistakes made when stretching.
What mistakes do we make in stretching?
When we stretch, what we really do is consciously stretch our muscles so that they are more flexible and better suited for physical training. However, we often underestimate the importance of good stretching, both before and after exercise. In truth, not stretching well after training is one of the big mistakes after exercising that we all make.
If you want to know in detail which are the most common errors when stretching, read carefully:
Ignore what stretching is for
The primary reason why we sometimes miss stretching after sport, or simply don’t take this work seriously enough, is because we don’t know what the purpose of stretching is.
Well, among the main benefits we can get from good stretching we highlight: increasing our flexibility, improving our blood circulation while we train, improving our agility, and also oxygenation of our muscles.
Stretching also avoids certain injuries such as tugging, tendonitis or sprains, and also helps to reduce muscle tension when training, thereby reducing the chances of suffering uncomfortable aches and pains or mild discomfort.
2. To think that any stretching is worth
Another common mistake that we usually make when stretching is to meditate that each and every stretching can serve us for the sport or the physical exercise that we practice, when this is not really this way.
Because, it has been proven that certain stretching is not compatible with certain sports. This is the case, for example, of passive stretching even before a competition, since it can generate a loss of strength to the athlete.
3. Stretching can be forced to the maximum
Definitely not. If, for example, you have an essential sports injury, you shouldn’t force the muscles even when you’re going to stretch, whereas you should let the muscle tissues repair progressively.
And while you don’t have any injuries, keep in mind that when warming up you should force the minimum, do each and every one of the exercises slowly, and don’t take your body to the maximum, while with stretching you could injure yourself as well.
4. No need to pay attention to breathing
This is another of the failures that are frequently committed in any kind of stretching, meditating that it is not necessary to pay attention to breathing.
Well, you have to know that breathing has a powerful effect on our perception of pain and also on our muscle tone. For this reason and while you stretch, try to concentrate and meditate that through breathing you bring oxygen to your muscles. You’ll see how after stretching you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll also notice less muscle tension.
5. Maintain the exercises of stretching for more than one minute
Another of the main mistakes that are made when stretching is, exactly, to prolong these exercises for more than sixty seconds. Always keep in mind when you are stretching that each exercise should not exceed a minute of time, as stretching can negatively affect your physical performance.