As we have mentioned before, flexibility is one of the three important components of fitness. Being able to move your muscles through their full range of motion will not only help you perform daily activities better, but you will also feel better and experience less pain due to tight areas of soft tissue.
Actively stretching your muscles before you workout is also important both to properly warm them up as well as to get them moving through their full range of motion. The ability to work your muscles through their full range of motion during your workout will help you prevent injury and muscular imbalances.
Today we are going to give you three active stretches that target various muscles throughout your body that can help get you warmed up and your muscles moving through their full range of motion.
Spiderman lunges are great for warming up your entire core. If you are having problems with a tight back this is a great way to loosen up.
Lateral flexibility should never be overlooked. Thoroughly working through lateral movements will keep you well rounded and prevent injury.
Hand walks target your shoulders, core and posterior chain. Because the shoulder joint is highly exposed during exercise due to its structure, thoroughly warming up the surrounding muscles is extremely important.
Each of these movements should be performed for about 5-10 repetitions while trying to stretch a little further with each one. Also, be sure to use proper form move slowly throughout the motion rather than using jolting motions in order to prevent injury. Remember, this is a warm up so don’t approach these exercises as a sprint. Take it nice and slow and allow your muscles to warm up properly.
So remember to incorporate these movements into your warm up before each workout along with other active stretching and warm up activities. Before you start your workout you should be warmed up properly and able to work your muscles through their full range of motion. This will help you strengthen your muscles while avoiding unwanted injuries.
By Wes Young