Info on stretching, and humitly/care-casting

Dear readers, I just passed 10,000 hits! …Cool? Some fitness information and then a Bible verse. This is fairly basic info. I recently realized that flexibility is part of being fit. Who would have thought? I’m going to stretch more now. Here’s some info I found. If you know this already, you’re awesome. If any of this needs correction let me know.

-Research shows that stretching prior to an athletic activity may decrease power output resulting in diminished performance. So for many who weight train, stretching afterwards rather than before will avoid the loss of power.

-With stretching, your muscles and tissue will adapt to the work. The road to increased flexibility is much like the road to hypertrophy: Progressive overload, managing rest, and consistency.

-Stretching in sets: no one does this, but I was reading and this looked like a great idea. Instead of holding a prolonged, boring stretch, do 3 or 4 sets of the same stretch, each for 10 seconds. This sounds a lot safer to me.

-Don’t bounce while stretching. You’ll kill yourself.

-Stretching for musicians and people who type (for my google readers): stretch your hands every day. I would stretch in 10 second sets. People say a lot of weird stuff, but essentially you want to stretch each joint in every reasonable direction. Spread your fingers wide, pull your fingers back, and stretch your wrists too. Do it gently. Do not break fingers!!

-Verses that have been working on me, and apply to all Christians:

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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