The athlete Ryan Bolton talks about the significance of stretching.
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Hey! I am Ryan Bolton, Professional Triathlete. If you are like me and probably 95% of the athletes that I know you really don't like stretching very much perhaps as where you've got this video. I have often found that, you can tell me you do a six-hour ride, and I'll say, no problem. You can say go to a two-hour run, I'll be like hey, hey, no problem. You can tell me to swim for two hours straight, and I will be like, no problem. If you tell me to sit down and stretch for ten minutes, I am like noway, too much time, that's a waste of my time. Over the years though and the longer I have been a Triathlete, the longer I have been in this career the more I have realized that stretching is a critical part of training, and thus it needs to be treated like that. If you have a hard time motivating a stretch that's exactly what you need to do is you need to treat it like another workout of the day. You count your swim, you count your bike, you count your run and you can count your stretching too. I usually try to incorporate it into everyday after a specific workout, and I will actually try to write it into my own schedule. So if I have day where I am running and biking, perhaps after my second workout on my bike, I will come in, I will sit down and before I change, before I shower, before anything, I'll make myself sit there for 30 minutes and stretch. Another great time to get some good stretching in is, in the evening when you are watching TV. Normally all your workouts are done by that time of the day, you have some good time to sit down and stretch a lot. If you're happened to work a lot and you're training in the middle of the day, another great time to stretch is at the office. I know it might seem funny if you are sitting around your in business suit, to be sitting on the office for a stretching, but you can do it, I stretched in a suit before, and It's totally possible. So anytime in the day that you get a minute here, a minute there, it's always good, a little bit of stretching here and there adds up and adds up and if you get it in at night, in the morning, in any time you can, any supplemental stretching is going to be good for you.