Is stretching important to include if my goal is to lose body fat?


Yes. Regardless of goal and most important, stretching everyday reduces risk of injury from any daily, physical and non-physical, activity.

Let’s say you decided to implement tricks to exercise instead of joining a gym such as, parking furthest space available in a parking-lot, took the stairs instead of the elevator, switched for a stand-up desk at work or even a brisk walk, not only are you increasing muscle activity, but also recruiting more muscles to execute the tricks. 

When this happens and without stretching, we put our muscles under stress that increases risk of injury that may lead to a sedentary lifestyle to recover from injury, overeating to reduce stress from recovery which will increase your weight and bring you back to the starting point in achieving your weight-loss goal.

Yes. Stretching can be beneficial for any fitness or performance goal including the goal of body fat loss. Simply put, muscles that are excessively shortened or lengthened can not be effectively activated by the nervous system and, therefore, can not produce as much force as muscles at a normal length. When body fat loss is the goal, calories expended during the workout are very important. The more muscles that are effectively actived during a workout, the greater the caloric expenditure of the workout. Greater caloric expenditure means more fat loss overall. Here are some generally tight areas that can limit your calorie burning capabilities: calves (perform a calf stretch), hip flexors (perform a hip stretch), and latissimus dorsi (back muscle; perform a kneeling lat stretch).

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