“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight. 

The value of stretching

Stretching. It’s a weird part of the exercise world. If you went back to the 1980s, everyone was stretching before AND after they worked out. Stretching was said to be responsible for the quality of the results you achieved with your training.

Since then, however, stretching has been challenged, defeated, come back into vogue, etc. Nowadays you’ll find many people who believe in stretching, and just as many who don’t. The science around it is also unclear, in the sense that it seems to prove that stretching is good for us, but not before we exercise.

So, is there any value in stretching if the purpose of your training is to lose weight?

Well, yes and no. You see, what stretching IS good for is loosening up your body to move better. If you have a tight shoulder, you can correct that over time through various stretching movements. Will it make you lose weight directly? No. But it will enable you to exercise more effectively, allowing you to become stronger, thereby getting better results and more weight loss.

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So while stretching won’t help you to lose weight, it will make you a more functional human, and that’s a really good thing for those of us who spend a lot of time sitting on uncomfortable chairs.

When should you stretch?

After your training session. How long? Around ten minutes should be fine for most people. What should you do? Find an app that shows you, and follow it. When you find a problem area, give that stretch more time than the rest.

 

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