Did you know stretching can increase muscle strength and improve joint health?

Besides preventing injury, stretching is known to increase blood flow to muscles, which aids in recovery, muscle growth, and reduced tension. Many don’t realize it’s very important for children and teens, especially those who are involved in sports, dance, or other active sports. Since your child is still growing, stretching will help ensure your child/teens joints remain healthy and their muscles are getting the recovery needed. When you’re young, it’s easy to overlook a stretching routine at the end of a workout, but adding just 5 minutes can make the difference.

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is surrounding lower back tension. The lower back is constantly supporting us throughout our day (at school, at the desk, watching tv, etc)— so I’m sharing a few of my favorite lower back stretches. Try including this into you and your child/teen’s wellness routine at least three times a week, in addition to stretching out the muscles that have been fatigued during a workout!

By Paytra Gessler, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer, Certified ISSA Fitness Professional

Watch this short video to see trainer Paytra share more ways to strengthen your child’s core.

Video by Paytra Gessler, Certified Youth Fitness Trainer

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