There are numerous ways of how to stretch, and there are also many incorrect ways of stretching. Stretching is important before performing any activity, whether its a walk at the park or climbing a latter. But before you start stretching, you must warm-up. To warm-up means to have your core body temperature up a little from its normal temperature. Warming up should be done so you can avoid the risk of hurting yourself while stretching.
Leaning different Types of Stretching can benefit you positively in whatever event you’re getting ready for. The term stretching is much more than just extending out muscles when it comes to your body. To perform proper stretch techniques one must learn the different types.
The different types of stretches include:
- Ballistic Stretching
- Dynamic Stretching
- Active/ Passive Stretching
- Isometric Stretching/ PNF Stretching
Ballistic stretching is done by bounced movements having the body joints go beyond its range of motions. An example of this would be doing the splits. This can be quite painful and not recommended for everyone. Dynamic stretching is different and not too extreme as ballistic. The dynamic stretching is done by swinging your arms or legs in a controlled motion. Instead of forcing any joints to go pass it range, you are in control and doing a normal stretch.
Active stretching is applying force from yourself to fully extend a stretch. An example of Active stretching is raising up your leg and applying force to stretch further. Performing these stretches you need balance, this type of stretching can be seen almost like yoga. Passive stretching additions help from your partners. An example can be seen in the following picture. It is quite like active stretching but this time you have help from your partner.
Isometric stretching can define as a type of static stretching that is motionless. When you take the different types of stretching, combine you have PNF stretching. PNF stretches are known to be the most effective when looking to achieve flexibility. All stretches, when done correctly, can improve performance. A way to picture how stretching works with the muscle is by using a rubber band. When you stretch a rubber band its a lot easier to stretch it the second time. The same goes for your muscle when stretching you loosen yourself up. Also, remember when you stretch a rubber band too far you may cause it to rip. That’s the exact same situation with muscle. So don’t overstretch yourself and remember to warm up first.