Start With Stretching

Today is #FitTipFriday and I want to share a simple tip that can make a huge difference to your health and fitness journey. One of the most common setbacks I see people new to working out experience is injury.

Now, injury isn’t 100% preventable because accidents happen, but you can take steps to reduce your risk.

One of the most effective thing you can do is get into the habit of proper stretching before and after you workout.

Even stretching on the days you don’t workout is helpful and something I strongly recommend.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Start Small – The general rule is to begin with a shorter range of motion
  • Use Controlled, Steady Movements – The key to good stretching is smooth, steady incremental movements.
  • Recognize Range of Motion Limitations – In most cases, your body is going to tell you if you’re taking a stretch beyond its natural limits.
  • Customize Stretching for Your Specific Goals – Generalized stretching is great for many people but if you have injuries, conditions or are training for specific goals or programs, adjust accordingly.