Everyone who has been to a stretching class at least once has experienced discomfort in the muscles. Some beginners who come to training for the first time and are faced with pain are not ready to endure it and push stretching into the background. Or they stop walking on it at all – why reach out if it hurts?

In fact, a slight pulling pain during stretching is quite normal, the muscles work, as in any other workout. But if it becomes unbearable, it is impossible not to react to it. Remember, you need to know the measure. And if you are afraid of even a slight pain from muscle work, Vera Biryukova, an Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics, will explain how to overcome this fear and love stretching.

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Tells how not to be afraid of pain during stretching.

Set a clear goal

All human achievements come through overcoming. Life obstacles, physical ailments, psychological factors, and brain tricks can be overcome if there is a goal. In our case, this is to sit on the twine.

Photo: From the personal archive of Vera Biryukova

Try to figure it out and answer yourself the question, why do you need it? As soon as you get an honest answer and understand that there is a great desire and dream, I assure you, physical pain will become much less during stretching. Try!

Choose the right clothes

Heat always makes the ligaments and muscles softer. Experienced athletes warm up in the right clothes – legs should be covered. The shape retains the heat generated during the warm-up before stretching. This simple method will help relieve pain and discomfort.

Train with a trainer or in a group

Working with an experienced professional is also one way to accept pain while exercising. A professional knows exactly how to make your workout easier.

Photo: From the personal archive of Vera Biryukova

Working on stretching in a team is a psychological factor that will also distract from unpleasant sensations by switching attention to achievers nearby. If they can, you can too.

Recover Properly

After a workout, it’s good to go to the bath, sauna or hammam. If this is not possible, a bath with sea salt and soda is perfect. Soda must be steamed, and not just dissolved in the bath. Such baths will relieve pain, and the next day it will be much easier to stretch. There will be no rejection of stretch marks.

Perhaps everyone knows about massage, so I will not dwell on it. Just a reminder that it perfectly relaxes the muscles.

Exercise regularly

To reduce pain during stretching, remember to stretch every day. Any long skip makes them stronger. More practice, less pain.

Photo: From the personal archive of Vera Biryukova

Track progress

And, perhaps most importantly, the visible results. Any “movement to the floor” makes the pain less and less noticeable to your brain. He has already become involved in this gambling game, and he is interested in what will happen next. Because the goal is close, the pain fades into the background, which means that you did it – another dream has been achieved.

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