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Is stretching part of your workout program? You know Stretching is a fundamental part in the practice of martial arts?
Yes you know it, but let's face is: stretching is boring.
Almost all courses of Martial Arts and Combat Sports have parts dedicated to stretching.
Stretching it is an important work for any type of sport, from running to athletics, from team sports to individual ones essential for martial arts.
This discipline is basically defined as stretching: the lengthening of muscles that allows us to achieve the important objectives,
including the prevention of injuries and tendon of the same muscles, thus avoiding strains and sprains (and kicking other people in the face).
Stretching actually gives us a good maintenance over time muscle work during training that we do every session in the gym, in a nutshell greatly improves the efficiency of the sport in general.
The work of muscle stretching helps us to relax the muscle fibers, consequently reduces general stress, improves our neuromuscular condition, relieves pains especially at the level of the spine, also increases the ability to manage your breathing, so you can use as cheaply and efficiently as possible.
A good practitioner, a good fighter must not neglect this aspect, indeed must put it on par with the work of strengthening and technique, since it is closely linked to them.
The techniques of "soft" martial arts require muscle elasticity that only with a good and continuous work of stretching can be achieved;
in fact acting on the joints, improving the degree of mobility and range of motion thereby creating a situation of better dynamism that involve the whole body.
Pairing intense workouts and accurate stretching develops and improves flexibility, another key point for our beloved disciplines; flexibility and efficiency depends on the characteristics of each joint, the level of coordination and elastic capacity of the muscles ligaments and tendons.
Breathing also plays a fundamental role, but also to manage only a combination to hitting or packed even in the work for muscle stretching is important to control the mechanism of the same;
it is important to breathe slowly and in a relaxed way trying to exhale when the muscle is lengthening, the best way is to take air from the nose, expanding the abdomen through the diaphragm, holding the air for a few seconds, then exhale slowly through the nose and mouth.
During breathing the diaphragm should work without any particular effort, alternating a contraction phase to a phase of relaxation; this alternation allows both the parts necessary oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to carry out our training is a better blood circulation.
So to put it simple: don't hold your breath while you are stretching or you end up to hold your breath while sparring / fighting too!
In the next episode of " stretching the hard way": "Stretch the right muscles"