Updated: Jun 3, 2020
One of the most frustrating things that can happen in your stretching practice is getting injured.
That means not only having to take time off, but inconvenience in your everyday life coupled with the possibility of long-term issues.
How can you prevent injuries from happening?
⚠️ LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.
We know, we know, it is easier said than done, especially when you are a beginner and have limited body awareness.
Just remember these tips:
1️⃣ When working to improve flexibility/mobility, warm up your body for at least 10 minutes prior to starting your routine (cardio exercises are great for that; you can also briefly go through the range of motion in every joint - watch out for an example warm up routine coming soon)
2️⃣ There should be no pain during stretching (mild discomfort only)
3️⃣ Stop IMMEDIATELY if you feel any joint discomfort (bone on bone feeling)
4️⃣ Never surprise your body by rapidly taking it into a deep stretch (please don't push yourself into the splits for an Instagram photo unless you know your body is ready for it - even more reason to stretch consistently so your body is ALWAYS ready for it!)
5️⃣ Keep working to strengthen your muscles (weak muscles don't stretch, they strain)
6️⃣ Leave enough time for a cool-down (especially important in those deep stretches - trust us, your body will BEG for decompression)
Any questions or thoughts? Comment below!