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Stretching has always been one of the most effortless exercises that is in existence. Not only does it not take much exertion on our part, it tends to feel great and the help us in a number of different ways. There are a lot of different ways that you can get your stretching exercises in but one of the most effective is known as isometric stretching. If you do this properly, you will improve the range of movement as far as your stretching is concerned, increase your fitness levels and keep yourself free of injury for the most part.
A typical stretch is done whenever you simply stretch one of the limbs of your body to the full range of motion. And isotonic stretch is done whenever you have resistance placed against your body part, such as somebody pressing against the muscle in order to increase the amount of stretch that you are getting. This certainly is something that can increase your ability to stretch but it should be used with caution so that you’re not overstretching the muscle. And isometric stretch, the one that will benefit you the most, is a combination of an isotonic stretch and resistance.
The way that an isometric stretches done is that you would stretch your body part along with providing resistance in one way or another. A good example is if you are stretching out your calf, you could use a towel on the bottom of your foot in order to increase the stretch. After about 10 seconds of stretching, push against the resistance with all of your might for two to three seconds. Relax your body totally for one second and then continue into the stretch. You would probably be surprised with how much more of a range of movement you will achieve because of this exercise.
If you want to see the benefits that you will receive from stretching on a regular basis, look at a gymnast in action. Most of the reason why they are as physically fit is what they are is because of the stretching that they do. Even though they do get cardiovascular exercise, stretching helps to make their muscles long, lean and limber. You can achieve very much the same results by doing this form of effortless exercise on a daily basis. Just make sure that you are mixing up your stretching routine so that you do not overstretching any of your muscles at one time.