Although stretching is usually not emphasized as much as other types of exercises, it is actually a critical part of any exercise program. During a workout, a lot of attention is paid to fitness and strength training and there is much less attention to stretching. But it has to be said that stretching provides increased flexibility. Increased flexibility is not only beneficial now, but also as you get older it is an advantage. Let’s dive in and answer the question of how often to stretch.
Everybody can make time to stretch a couple of minutes per day. If you’re feeling tense, stretching can help to de-stress. 3 minutes, 6 minutes, 9 minutes, it doesn’t matter as long as you make some time to stretch. Also the place where you stretch doesn’t matter. You don’t have to feel limited to only stretch at home. If you are at an place where you can’t stretch sitting you can always do standing stretch exercises.
It is recommended to stretch 5 to 7 times a week. Try to hold a stretch for between 30 and 60 seconds. Ten minutes of stretching a week is enough to get more flexibility. After , there is a good chance that you will feel both mentally and feel physically fitter. Alex Larsson’s Hyperbolic Stretching program is a good start to stretching more actively.