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Whether you’re a regular at the gym or not, does anything in the following story sound familiar to you?

Alarm goes off and before attempting to sit up, you feel your back and neck is uncomfortable; but you just slept weird right? So, on reaching for the toothbrush, you turn your shoulder in a different direction and felt an unusual pull; it’s OK your not a teenager anymore? Walking over an uneven step on the pavement, you find yourself limping to work with a sore ankle; just normal aches and pains?

How convinced are you that it’s “normal” to feel this way, for your body to be sore and everyday life to be a struggle?

If you go to the gym it’s GREAT to feel DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and be able to hardly move your body after a session, but to what extent is it entirely necessary?

In 2013, no one has 5 extra minutes in their day to stretch? Taking care of your overall health, wellbeing and ultimately preventing such difficulties and injuries; not as important as an extra 5 minutes in bed or the end of your favourite TV program is it?

What if I told you, the MINIMUM benefits of stretching are:

  • Increased blood supply, therefore assisting in the healing process and helping to ease or prevent unnecessary DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
  • Improved balance, flexibiltiy and posture.
  • Reduced chances of injury in everyday life and sports, due to suppleness and mobility.
  • Increased muscle gains while repairing torn or broken muscle tissues.

No matter if you are an athlete, gym-goer, irregular class attendee or inactive; stretching is one of the most important additions to your day. Post-workout or after a shower (while the body is warm), extend your muscles out of their comfort zone (but not so far you feel pain) and hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds.

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Make your life a little easier, healthier and longer…

Asalaamu Alaykum ❤

Safiyah Esack 19/09/2013

 

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