How to Improve Your Flexibility and Posture with a Stretching Rope
Stretching should be an integral part of any fitness regimen. Stretching helps reduce soreness, increase range of motion, and decrease the risk of injury. Basic stretches can be performed anywhere, anytime, without the need for props or specialized equipment. But simple tools like a stretching rope can assist you with deeper, more controlled, more satisfying stretches. And taking things even further, The Rope from PrePak Products provides on an anchor point to add a variety of stretches to your repertoire that would otherwise be difficult to perform.
Why We Stretch
We stretch naturally, often without even thinking of it, simply to relieve tension. It feels good to stand up and stretch after we’ve been sitting at our desks or even when we wake up in the morning. It’s an easy way to relax any built-up tension.
We begin to take stretching more seriously when we’re concerned about regaining or maintaining mobility. When our muscles and joints feel stiff, when we can’t turn or reach or bend like we used to, a stretching routine can be of great benefit.
And finally, stretching is a good way to counter any muscle imbalances. For example, we might be tighter on one side of our body than the other. Or we could be loose in the quads but tight in the hamstrings. Stretching the tight areas balances our muscles, improving our posture and eliminating the need for compensating behaviors that could lead to injury.
Stretching Guide to Stretching Rope Exercises
A stretching rope is a convenient and inexpensive fitness aid that should be an integral part of a gym kit. A basic rope can be used like a yoga strap and is great wrapped around the foot for a number of lower body stretches like the hamstrings, iliotibial band, and hip flexors. With The Rope, though, the anchor point secured to a door or rail system lets you relax your body weight into deeper full body stretches.
Here is a stretching guide to just a few examples of stretches that can be performed with The Rope.
The classic Figure 4 Stretch for the hips, glutes, and lower back is often performed standing or lying on your back. When performed with The Rope, you have the security of a fixed anchor point, plus the ability to relax deeper into the stretch.
The Inverted Capital T Stretch and the Pectoralis Stretch are great for opening the chest, while the Waterski Stretch balances those stretches by targeting the shoulders and upper back.
A Lateral Stretch is great for the side of the body.
The Capital C Stretch targets the muscles of the posterior chain.
Keep in mind that stretching should feel good and rejuvenating. If a stretch hurts, back off or find a different stretch that feels better.