Fitness Question & Answer
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are trying to improve their fitness.
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Question: I train three days a week and rarely begin my
workout with any kind of stretching. People have told me
I should always begin my workout with stretching, but I
have never had a problem, so why now? How important is stretching
You bring up an important topic that is often overlooked,
even by professional body builders. Stretching is a very
important piece of any workout and should not only be done
before a workout session, but in between sets and after
Stretching prior to getting started warms up the muscles
before they are exposed to hard work and strain. It protects
and prevents injury; your muscles will be more pliable and
able to withstand the heavier strain and deeper stretch
a training session will place on them after stretching.
Stretching increases your range of motion, making it easier
to move thus avoiding injury.
Stretching in between workout sets increases blood flow
to the area being worked, removing toxins and bringing in
nutrients that will help repair muscle fibers. Stretching
between sets will help to maximize your performance in weight
After workout stretching is important for decreasing muscle
soreness and improving flexibility. Stretching increases
your range of motion by stretching out tired and tight muscles,
making it easier to move.
Question: I am just starting out with training and want
to get into shape. Should I train every day to expedite
my results, or is it better to train every other day?
You pose a question that has varying answers, depending
on your goals and current level of fitness. A combination
of frequency, intensity, and duration are what make training
effective and produce good results. However, the level of
each of these is an individual issue, which differs from
person to person.
I would suggest you speak with a representative or personal
trainer associated with your health facility who can help
to design a workout program to include the proper amount
of physical activity, helping you attain maximum benefit
while posing the lowest amount of risk to your health.