Stretching is widely supported today as a vital part of fitness too with benefits including reduced stress, lower back pain relief and increased flexibility (splits anyone?!) We positively encourage stretching as part of your Sleek regime and incorporate it in every Sleek live class, not only to create long, lean dancer muscles but to encourage the following Sleek ballerina body benefits in your everyday life:
Stretching your muscles has been proven to increase circulation by increasing the blood flow and supply of nutrients to muscles and cartilage. This reduces muscle soreness and stiffness after a tough Sleek Barre Technique class. The less sore your muscles are, the less painful it will be to work the same muscles and to exercise in general which means you will be raring to go for your next class much sooner.
There are four main measures of overall fitness: aerobic, muscular, body composition and flexibility. The main way to increase your flexibility is by stretching.
As we get older, our muscles gradually become shorter and tighter, reducing overall flexibility. This restriction makes you more susceptible to injury which is both frustrating and unnecessary. Stretching is primarily responsible for increasing flexibility and therefore reducing the risk of muscle, tendon and joint injury. Increased flexibility also allows you to exercise better – you know the days when your muscles feel more supple and malleable are the days you enjoy your workouts even more!
Increased Range of Motion
Stretching has been shown to effectively increase range of motion in joints. Better range of motion enables you to keep better balance. Better balance means you’re more likely to fly through a Core Adage class! Increased range of motion also helps you through your daily life, more energised and with a spring in your step.
We all get stressed out with today’s busy lifestyle, juggling careers, family, friends, even the house work gives me a head ache. Like all types of exercise, flexibility exercises like stretching at the barre, in the centre or on your mat have powerful stress-busting abilities. Stress causes your muscles to contract, becoming tense. This tension can have negative effects on just about every part of your body, hence the head ache. Gentle stretching exercises relax tense muscles associated with stress. Also, since stretching is an exercise, it has the same endorphin-boosting effects, improving your mood and the way you feel in general, one reason why Flex and Stretch is one of your most loved ways to workout.
Alleviate Lower Back Pain
More and more people struggle with chronic lower back pain. Stretching is an excellent way to strengthen the lower back muscles, alleviating soreness and pain, just ask some of our Sleekers who have experienced life changing results since adding Sleek classes to their workout regime. Since many muscles that dancers rely on (quadriceps, hamstrings, lower back muscles and hip flexors) to give them beautiful posture, stretching these muscles has the ability to greatly reduce or eliminate lower back pain.
So add Flex and Stretch, Pure Stretch, Sleek Stretch or Sleek Cool Down into your day at least three times a week and you will reap the benefits by increasing your flexibility, alleviating stress and injury in just a few minutes before, after or separate from your Sleek workouts.