Also stretching increases the flexibility you have, which in turn will help you to not injure yourself during your workout. It's also a great way to cool down after a workout. Remember, don't push yourself too hard oh, that's how you get hurt.
anyway, the facia that forms a sheath around every muscle fiber, fiber bundle, and muscle, is like the yellow goo that skin oozes to form a scab. it can take the form of a slippery fluid or a crystaline solid
over time, if a joint is not being used to its full extent, the portion of muscles not being used will be immobilized by the fluid solidifying
stretching after exercise serves to restore the solidified fascia back to liquid. by doing so, the ability of the muscle to move is restored
the warth of the muscles and body post-exercise helps to melt the crystalized fascia just the same as warmth helps to melt ice
i hope this helps to answer your question
Personally, I am a very older person than you and I have physical and some mental problems. I am better at answering mental questions because I have suffered from that ever since I can remember. I have studied Psychology, at length, gone to Psychiatrist over decades and they could never reach me to discuss several trauma issues in my early childhood and teens.
That being said, at 81, I have many problems and cannot do the exercises recommended for the usual member of The Fabulous. Instead, everyday, I do a routine made especially to allow me to stretch my muscles instead of the usual exercises. I have a routine that takes an hour to do. I so enjoy it that I feel refreshed when I finish.
In the summer, I go into the pool for exercises, stretches and floating while meditating, over an almost two hour routine. I often fall asleep during the floating. I Don't like to perspire, as I do on dry land. In the pool, I know that I am perspiring but, I don't feel hot and dirty after exercising. We use a salt pool water but, it is does not taste salty and it does not ruin my bathing suit.
So, my best answer to you would be that just as in jogging or running, you should stretch your muscles before your workout to warm up your muscles and stretch again to cool down but I think the main reason is that when you are doing a strenuous workout the muscles are stretched a lot from any anaerobic workout and it is important to cool down slowly. It is not good to just stop in a second. I have never been in a position to do anorobic exercise because of being very overweight most of my life. The funny thing is I found out that I have severe kidney disease and I lost a kidney, which shriveled. MY one kidney was at 21% function. At 15%, one is on dialysis and is looking for a kidney transplant! Actually, I lost my appetite and Sense of taste two years before I found out about my kidney! So, I was losing weight long before, somebody else diagnosed my condition. I have lost over 90 pounds, got physically active and followed the kidney diet. Now, my kidney function fluctuates between 38% -28%, with a few 21%, when I really feel sick, I get nauseous ànd then, I stop eating and drinking water.
That is only one of the reasons of why we need water! If you feel dry in the mouth and you feel that you want to drink…….you are already dehydrated.
I Don't know if I helped you. I hope I gave you my thoughts about the need to do some stretches while cooling down to not shock the muscles. AND DRINK WATER!!!
Enjoy being a member of The Fabulous! They are a great company and so eager to help us. Here's to good health, happiness MERRY CHRISTMAS . BYE BYE.
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