When it comes to fitness, stretching is the unsung hero. Although stretching does not get a lot of attention, stretching is critical towards achieving peak fitness condition. You should stretch both before and after your workout.
According to Tony Horton, creator of P90X extreme fitness program, flexibility is the “fountain of youth”. Without flexibility (like yoga and stretching), Tony says he would not be able to do the things he likes to do. Flexibility makes your body more durable and less vulnerable to injuries.When you are out there working out really hard, and you are not flexible, you are going to get hurt.
Over the years there have been conflicting reports on the benefits of stretching and warming up before working out. Some fitness pros argue that stretching before exercise can cause injury if not performed properly.
Beachbody fitness expert trainers say that stretching cannot and should not be overlooked. According to Debbie Sieber’s, creator of Slim in 6, It is so important to warm up sufficiently, especially when it’s colder outside. You are more prone to injury if you do not stretch before exercise.
Tony Horton says that what happens to a lot of people, especially in the United States, is they do not want to stretch because it’s BORING! it you take the time and have some patience, and do yoga and stretching, you will be less vulnueralbe to injury.
In all of Beachbody’s at-home fitness programs, whether it’s 10 Minute Trainer,Chalean Extreme, Slim in 6, or P90X, they all provide ample warmup time. Stretching allows the body to become stronger and allows your body to reach it’s peak fitness level.
According to Tony Horton, at age 50, it is truly yoga and stretching that allows him to stay fairly injury free. Having more flexibiltiy and better range of motion will help you reach the next fitness level.
Don’t forget to stretch! If you do P90X extreme home fitness DVDs, do the X Stretch on Rest day – you will feel a lot better!
View the video below to see what Tony Horton has to say about stretching!