Unlike physical training sessions like weight training, the body does not need to take a days rest after every stretch session. Stretching can be performed on a daily basis and is a wonderful way to relax the body and mind, lengthen muscles, correct posture and create muscle tone.
If you regularly participate in heavy training sessions, be it endurance or power sports then regular stretching should already be part of your training regime. When a muscle is flexible its moves throughout a lengthened range of motion when trained and the muscle becomes more powerful because the sarcomere are not developed too close together. A short, tight muscle not only restricts the muscles capability, but it also restricts the body at the joint(s) involved; both of these are a disaster if you are expecting your body to perform at its best.
From my 15 years experience as a trainer, i have noticed one consistent trait in all of my past and present clients who regularly stretch all major muscle groups of the body, they all have very few aches and pains. It doesn’t matter about age, height, weight, genetics or injuries. Regular stretching allows your skeletal system to move freely and your muscles to be elongated even at rest. So be nice to your body, stretch for 5 – 10 minutes everyday and your body will be nice to you.
Faye believes each body requires a minimum input of a particular essential fitness ingredient, be it: a cleaner diet, clearer mindset, better scheduled training sessions, more relaxation, some functional training or just a general lifestyle tweak or two.