Stretching-Do This Before Every Workout!

In this month’s tip, we want to remind you about the importance of a good warmup-and in particular, stretching exercises that we encourage you to implement before every class.

Here are some reminders.

  • Flexibility for Martial arts is critical.
  • Always warm up the body prior to stretching, this increases blood flow which in turn makes the muscles more supple.
  • A good start is to begin by moving the joints, wrist rolls, shoulder rolls, knee rolls etc.
  • Never bounce while stretching as this can cause issues and tearing.
  • Each stretch should be held for a minimum of 30 seconds up to 1 minute to really see a benefit.
  • One of the biggest keys to flexibility is to breathe while stretching; many people hold their breath while stretching which makes the muscles tighter.
  • Deep breathing while stretching is best.
  • Try and spend between 5 and 10 minutes a day stretching.