Stretching Doesn’t Work (The Way You Think It Does)
A few years ago I was working out with my friend. After doing some stretches, she told me that it felt good but I didn’t feel any different than before. She then asked if there were other ways to improve my fitness besides just stretching.
I thought about her question and decided to write down all the things that helped me get into better shape without having to do any stretching exercises at all!
It’s been a long time since I’ve done any exercise so I’m sure there are many things that have changed. So please let me know if something isn’t quite right or if you think something needs to be added to make this article more useful!
1. Eat Healthy Food: If you eat junk food, it won’t help your body.
If you don’t eat healthy food, you’ll probably gain weight.
2. Get Enough Sleep: Your body needs sleep to recover from workouts and to repair itself after hard training sessions.
Getting enough sleep is very important for your health and fitness goals.
3. Exercise Regularly: Even though it may seem like a pain in the butt sometimes, regular exercise helps keep your joints strong and prevents injuries such as back problems.
It also keeps your muscles flexible which makes them stronger too!
4. Warm-Up: It is important to get your muscles warm before doing any kind of physical activity.
Do some jumping jacks, run in place or jog in place for about 3 minutes before you start your workout routine. This helps prevent injury and also loosens up your muscles so you can use them to their fullest potential during your workouts.
5. Stretching: You should always do a cool down after your workout session.
All that really means is that you continue exercising for another 3 minutes or so at a slower pace. The cool down helps to keep your muscles limber and helps prevent soreness later on.
6. Rest: After working out, your muscles need time to repair and heal themselves.
This is when you grow stronger. Your body grows stronger when you rest. After a hard workout, give yourself at least one whole day of rest BEFORE trying to do that same type of work out again.
If you push yourself too hard, you can actually do more harm than good.
7. Use Weights: Even if you’re just doing body weight exercises such as push-ups, your muscles still need to be challenged by adding extra weight to your body.
For instance, wearing a backpack with books in it while you do push-ups adds an extra challenge to your chest muscles. You can also use ankle weights or even put a dumbbell in your pocket for extra resistance.
8. Use The Right Form: It’s important to learn how to do the exercises the right way in order to get the most benefit out of them.
If you do the exercises wrong, you could get injured and not be able to work out at all. It’s better to have someone show you the right way to do the exercises the first time. After that, you can watch someone else do them or look them up online so you can compare your form with theirs.
9. Motivation: It is a good idea to have someone to workout with or at least some kind of motivation.
This helps keep you from getting bored and losing focus on your goals. Many people find inspiration from others or even just from themselves. Some find it helpful to write down their goals and keep looking at them as a way to motivate themselves.
10. Staying Active: Exercising is only one part of getting fit and healthy. Staying active throughout the day can help you lose weight and improve your overall health even if you don’t work out at all.
Getting out and walking during your lunch break or walking around while talking on the phone helps keep your muscles moving. Even fidgeting in your chair keeps your muscles working which keeps them from tightening up. Standing instead of sitting whenever possible also helps to prevent tightness and muscle loss. As with anything, it’s important to be consistent with staying active in order to get the results you desire.
It’s important to remember that getting fit takes time and effort. It won’t happen over night and it won’t happen if you don’t work at it. The changes in your body will come gradually as you stick with your routine and improve upon it little by little.
Just try your best and don’t give up, you will succeed!
Thanks for reading!
Feel free to print this list out and hang it somewhere that you can see it to help motivate you.
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Where Should You Send Your Muscles?
After visiting this site there is a good chance you’ll find that your body starts to feel a lot stronger than it did before.
Many people experience a kind of “peak” in their strength and muscle mass after visiting these sites. If you feel like testing the new strength of your muscles, here are a few ideas for you to try:
Help a Friend Move Some Furniture
Many people don’t realize just how strong they’ve gotten until they try to help a buddy move some furniture. Even something as easy as helping someone move a couch can be a good way to test out your new strength.
Go to a Gym for the First Time
If you’ve never been to a gym before, now might be the perfect time to go. Not only will you be surrounded by tons of equipment, but there will probably be a few people around who can tell you everything that’s what.
Pick Up a New Sport
Whether you’re an athlete or not, most people have tried at least one sport in their lifetime.
Why not try another?
The only sport that might not be the best idea is baseball. As we all know, there is a lot of standing around time in that sport.
Be Careful and Have Fun!
Whatever you do, just make sure to have fun with it. That’s the whole point of this list is to help you have a little more fun in your life. So go ahead, give these ideas a try and let me know how they work out for you.
Thanks again for reading. And as always…
Sources & references used in this article:
Mindset: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential by C Dweck – 2012 – books.google.com
Stretch collaboration: how to work with people you don’t agree with or like or trust by A Kahane – Strategy & Leadership, 2017 – emerald.com
Mindset-updated edition: Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential by C Dweck – 2017 – books.google.com
Stretching tacit knowledge beyond a local fix? Global spaces of learning in advertising professional service firms by JR Faulconbridge – Journal of Economic Geography, 2006 – academic.oup.com