Learning to Stretch only as far as is comfortable

When stretching in an exercise we must learn to listen to our body and only stretch to as far as is comfortable. To many people who exercise think it is only beneficial to us if we make it painful and give it 105% of our effort. The body has a safety mechanism that comes into play when we put our body in a state of pain this is the “Stretch Reflex” which contracts the muscle there by not letting the muscle stretch. Constantly putting any muscle into the “pain” zone will not stretch it more but just break it. The only way to stretch a muscle is to relax and listen to it and only go as far as you can feel slight tension usually 75% of where you could go if really pushed, ease of then stretch again. Building slowly up to stretching more and more. Little and often is always best in exercise.
This also can be used in our daily work, if you constantly go at every thing 105% you will eventually break.

About Angie Wood

Angie was born in Scarborough in 1954 the 5th Daughter and the 7th child from the family of 12 of Mr & Mrs Robert Arthur Cammish and Pauline Bestwick. Married to James Kennedy Wood known as Ken. They have two daughters Dawn and Siobhain. Angie and Ken started out in the Catering Industry then spending many years (30) as Independent gift and antiques retailers owning various gift and antique shops in Whitby and Scarborough, with the advent of the world wide web this lead to a whole new way of trading, which has led to an extended love and knowledge of antiques and collectables. On looking for something to give life a fuller meaning Angie came across the Art of T'ai Chi Ch’uan and after passing her Teaching Training in the Lee Style of Tai Chi in 2002 teaching weekly classes at the Tai Chi Workshops in Scarborough UK and has founded the web site www.Taichiworkshops.co.uk. Angie spends many hours exploring antique and boot fairs around the UK looking for old and interesting items to sell on her web site www.angiescollections.co.uk. While continuing to study and teach the Art of T’ai Chi keeping an open mind to all the various other health and wellbeing aspects like mindfulness and meditation, for ways on how to make her life and maybe others fit, strong, healthy and wealthy in body, mind and spirit.
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