Thursday, April 9, 2009

Psych Project

This semester I chose to learn how to stretch the “right way.” I always used to stretch before and after I worked out, however, I had no clue what I was doing. I decided to take the flexibility class at Brigham Young University to improve my stretching skills. I ended up not only learning about how to stretch correctly, but also how to sleep and eat right too.

The class taught me a variety of stretches for my body. I learned the importance of stretching. Stretching relaxes the body, reduces muscle tension, helps coordination, increases range of motion, prevents injuries, and helps you develop body awareness. Stretching is so important you should do it many times a day- in the morning, before you go to bed, in the car, watching TV, or after sitting/standing for a long period of time. Stretching is for all people, no matter how old you get stretching is still very important.

The class taught me about proper ways to stretch. When you stretch you should feel relaxed while you sustain the stretch. You should never bounce up and down or stretch until you feel pain. When stretching you should go to the point where you feel mild tension. While stretching you need to relax and focus on breathing continually. You should breath slow and rhythmical. You should hold each position for 10-20 seconds, any longer is harmful.

Taking this class was a really neat experience for me. I had a great professor who knew a great deal about stretching, exercising, health, sleeping, and eating. While we would stretch she would share with us all of her knowledge about these topics. The students would share interesting things they knew too.

The class would start off with a warm up. We would then move into more intense stretching. Following this we would do partner stretches. Lastly, we would take a fifteen minute power nap. We would all lay on the floor, the lights were turned off, and we would nap. I looked forward to this power nap all day long!

Personal Learning Log

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a class that I should take. Thanks for sharing a bit about what you learned from stretching. Keep it up.