Stretching workout, 5 different types of stretching
Stretching is probably one of the most used exercise technique. Almost every exercise has some form of stretching element to it. As I have written about the different benefits of stretching already. You can really see that doing daily stretches can help you out a lot. For example it can make your joints move more freely which will result in you being more flexible and it can help you reduce your back pain. Otherwise from the benefits, it’s always important to know the different types of stretching and that’s what this post is all about. Below is the list of 7 different types of stretching.
Dynamic stretching is all about moving different parts of your body and overtime increase the reach and speed of movement. So mainly you are going to do leg swing and arm swing at a controlled pace and gradually increase the speed and movement overtime. These types of stretching are good for flexibility and are useful as a warm-up technique.
Active stretching can be a bit difficult for persons who haven’t done stretching in a while. But it is basically stretching your arms or legs in a certain position without any support to hold it from dropping than using the strength of your muscles. So for example holding your leg up or straight in a certain position without any support. I tend to see this type of workout a lot among persons doing ballet, gymnastics and yoga. This type of exercise would normally help you to strengthen your muscles.
Passive stretching is pretty simple and I tend to do it when I am doing my stretching workout. In passive stretching, similar to active stretching you are going to stretch your body muscles or limbs in a certain position. And hold it there with the assistance of another area of your body. For example, stretching your legs up in the air and holding it with your hand. Another thing with passive stretching is that it is more of a relaxed type of stretching that you usually can do to cool down your body after a workout. As a result of that it can reduce soreness and muscle fatigue if they are any.
Isometric stretching is a different type of stretching that I wouldn’t recommend for everyone. In this type of stretching you do not use motion. It is said to be more effective than passive and active stretching. But you must always do these type of stretching with caution because you can get injured. Doctors and fitness experts even said that persons should only perform one technique a day because it is very demanding and it can affect your muscles and tendons. To read more about it you can visit here.
This type of stretching is basically a type of dynamic stretching technique in a more bouncing type of motion. So you are going to bounce in and out of stretched position like a warm-up, by additionally using your stretched muscles as a spring that can pull you out of the stretched position. This type of technique is considered a bit dangerous by some and useless because it doesn’t allow your muscles to relax in stretched position. But instead may lead to them tightening up which is not a benefit most persons would want from stretching. But overall it seems to be a pretty good technique for those who find use in it.
I tend to perform different types of ballistic stretching from time to time in order to bring a certain level of variety in my stretching activity.
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Written by: Mark