How Do You Know Which Is Right For You?
Your body can be a difficult egg to crack sometimes. After all, we use our bodies a lot, and we depend on each and every bone and muscle there. But sometimes, our body might fight back and give us a warning to let us know that we’re simply pushing it just a little bit too hard. When that happens, it’s important to not only listen, but to determine if the proper road to recovery is to simply stretch it out, or to put in the work and strengthen.
In this short article, we’re going to break down the differences between stretching and strengthening, so that you can know when you can take advantage of each option. So, if you’re ready to learn more, continue reading down below.
When To Stretch
If you’ve already read our earlier blog, then you should have a pretty good idea about the various benefits that regular stretching provides. However, you might not always know when it might be best to stretch your body. Well, it’s important to remember that strengthening is more so related to lengthening your muscles and ensuring that you’re able to actively engage your muscles, even if you’re not looking to strengthen them.
This means that stretching is good for stressed muscles or muscles that just feel tired. Perhaps they’ve grown weak, or have been strained in the past? If that’s the case, then stretching is always a fantastic choice. You might notice yourself stretching in the morning after you wake up to elongate your muscles, or after your muscles have shrunken a bit from sitting at the computer all day.
When To Strengthen
Strengthening, on the other hand, is much more intensive than simply stretching your muscles out – and it should be! After all, to strengthen your muscles, it takes more than just reaching for the sky and letting out a yawn when you get out of bed.
Instead, strengthening your muscles means activating them consciously – in other words, you need to be specifically targeting your muscles while you strengthen them. This means that exercise is key to strengthening your muscles. When you contract your muscle and hold it in that contracted form, it’ll ache, burn, and it might even hurt a little – but that’s exactly what you want. Strengthening your muscles is important when you’re struggling with an injury, when you’re recovering from an injury, or when you’re looking to improve your posture.
Now that you know all about when to stretch and when to strengthen, you are all set to begin achieving your optimal health the right way. Safely, with knowledge, and with a plan.