Stretching that increases both flexibility and strength is a win-win. Modern lifestyles seem to be about optimization: the streamlining of social lives into cell-phone applications, the search engine optimization and analytics of an internet driven culture, and workplace productivity pitting humans vs. machines. In this crazy world of efficiency, it almost makes the most sense to apply this notion to our health. Stretching has long been considered to be key in any plan that seeks to prevent injury and to preserve the longevity of muscles, joints and structures of the body. Resistance stretching is a relatively newer region of health that is taking the Olympic athletic world by storm.
Resistance stretching is a matter of optimization: by stretching you are increasing flexibility and by adding resistance, whether assisted by equipment or simply using your muscles, you are also strengthening. There are specific movements that can be done with little cost besides time, from your living room.
Stretches that also strengthen include:
- Resisted neck twists
- Resisted hip flexion
- Partner-resisted chest and upper back stretches
- Partner-resisted hamstring stretches
The minute-to-value ratio has never been so stacked in your favor: make all those minutes in front of the Netflix screen work for you instead of against you by devoting a few minutes during the show to serious stretching. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we want you to take your health into your hands; we help you do this by providing you with the knowledge and demonstration of practical stretches that will preserve your flexibility and strength and boost your overall well-being.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.