Why stretching is important Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. Example sitting in a chair all day results in tight hamstrings in the back of the thigh. That can make it harder to extend your leg or straighten your knee all the way, which inhibits walking. Likewise, when tight mus- cles are suddenly called on for a strenuous activity that stretches them, such as playing pickleball, they may become damaged from suddenly being stretched. Injured muscles may not be strong enough to support the joints, which can lead to joint injury. Regular stretching keeps muscles long, lean, and flexible, and this means that exertion won't put too much force on the muscle itself. Healthy muscles also help a person with balance problems to avoid falls. Proper execution We used to believe that stretching was necessary to warm up the muscles and prepare them for activity. However, mounting research has shown that stretching the muscles before they're warmed up can actually hurt them. "When everything is cold, the fibers aren't prepared and may be damaged. If you exercise first, you'll get blood flow to the area, and that makes the tissue more pliable and amenable to change. All it takes to warm up the muscles before stretching is five to 10 minutes of light activity, such as a quick walk. You can also stretch after an aerobic or weight - training workout. Hold a stretch for 30 seconds. Don't bounce, which can cause injury. You'll feel tension during a stretch, but you should not feel pain. If you do, there may be an injury or damage in the tissue. Stop stretching that muscle and rest. Stretching should take place daily You'll need to do it over time and remain committed to the process to keep those muscles healthy and limber. We still have bricks for sale. Leave your legacy or special tribute to someone . Reach out to one of the health and fitness committee members .
Thank you to everyone that participated in the 5k run/walk on Saturday, Feb 19th. Event was sponsored by the Health & Fitness committee. Proceeds will go to help with a few of the enhancements for the new dog park. Several prizes were awarded, along with 50/50 tickets sales. If you are interested in joining the Health and Fitness committee. We are always looking for new motivated members.
Chavalla Lopez - Bassham Health & Fitness Chair
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