Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic Stretching

Exercising is very important for the human body because it keeps it young, lean and flexible and healthy for a longer period of time. But it is also important to know how to exercise, when to exercise and to find out what type of sports or exercising you like. Fortunately, there are numerous types of fitness activities that help lower body fat and grow muscle and that are fun as well, so anyone can find a method they like sooner or later. What’s important is that you stay motivated and work towards some goal, while being careful not to turn this into a stressful activity and a chore. Exercising should be entertaining and, though it may hurt in the beginning, in time you will see how much fun your body is actually having and how much more relaxed you are, not only on a physical level, but on a psychic or spiritual level as well. Because sports not only strengthen the body, they also regulate and balance certain functions and chemicals in the body.

No matter what type of exercising you prefer, you must always warm up first; learning how to do this is also important, and there are several options for this part as well. However, one of the preferred methods of warming up lately has been dynamic stretching, which was proved most effective in preparing all groups of muscles for exercising. Dynamic stretching uses momentum in order to complete the stretching movements and thus, through static-active stretching, the targeted muscles are sent into a broad range of movement. This is opposed to static-passive stretching, which does not use the rest of the body when warming-up individual groups of muscles.

An extended form of dynamic stretching is ballistic stretching, but this involves movement of the entire body while stretching, and using the momentum from the body’s movements in order to complete the stretching range. Though dynamic stretching is mostly used by athletes and professionals before getting into a game or competition, it can also be used by anyone at home, or at the gym, before any type of exercising.

Dynamic stretching can also be practiced by those who prefer running, though for them ballistic stretching is perhaps more to the point; so why the change from static to dynamic stretching? Apparently, the dynamic version is much more effective in preventing injuries and in preparing the muscles for hard physical effort. If you want to learn more about how to execute this form of stretching, there are many photo and video tutorials on the internet to get you through the basics.