How much of a difference does it make whether or not your child takes ten to fifteen minutes to stretch at least three times a week? What types of improvement should you be seeing in their aerobic activities as they begin to advance their flexibility? Stretching plays a vital role in any aerobic activity your child participates in and helps with their muscle motions in everyday use.

Your child’s flexibility will progress quicker if they are taking time each week to stretch (outside of regular activities that they perform stretching already). Stretching a few more times a week can help strengthen muscles and improve performance in everyday movements, as well as any other types of exercise. It also aids in calming muscles after working them hard, helps relax all the tightness.

In specific types of classes, like dance and tumbling, stretching is key to enhancing skills. They require high flexibility in certain skills, such as turns, extensions, basic splits, cartwheels, back-hands-springs, and many more. If your child only has one or two classes a week, stretching at home is well advised. In class, teachers do not have enough time to put in all the stretching your child could need with in addition to other curriculum the is needing to be taught.

Starting as soon as possible is the best path to becoming more limber. It will help for the future in many different ways. Making recreational and/or school teams. Healing hurt or bruised muscles. Also keeping your muscles healthy.  The younger you start pushing your muscles to their full potential, the better off you will be as you get older.

Another tip to keep on hand is to make sure to drink plenty of water. Keeping muscles hydrated helps in all types of exercise and stretching. It also prevents any cramping or harsh strain.  Always make sure that your child is taking the right precautions before exerting themselves, it’s better to be safe than to push too hard.

-Whitney Gronwald (Bravo Employee)