Stretch Evenly to Prevent Muscle Imbalances
Many aches and pains in our body come from muscle imbalances. Make sure to stretch your body evenly, right vs. left, and front vs. back (e.g. quads vs. hamstring). Even if you have pain in only one side, you should always stretch both sides.
When performing a stretch, proper position and good posture help relieve tightness and increase overall mobility while minimizing injuries. Move as deeply into each stretch as possible before reaching a point of discomfort. Stretching should create tension during the stretches, and relief afterwards.
Stretch opposite muscle groups (right vs. left, front vs. back)
Perform the stretch correctly with good posture
Maintain balance and control over your body
Move slowly and gradually into a stretch
Hold stretches for 15-25 seconds
Breathe deeply throughout to help your muscles relax
Stretch only the “bad” muscle or joint
“Cheat” for more range of motion
Bounce your body to extend flexibility
Hold your breath or hyperventilate
Move swiftly or abruptly