It’s important to make sure you stretch after a workout; if you don’t then you’ll feel it the next morning in the form of tight and sore muscles.
I’m sure that you’ve seen the people in the gym who after finishing their work out walk straight out to the changing rooms. This really isn’t a good idea because they are setting themselves up for some kind of injury later down the line.
Stretching after a workout is important because it increases your flexibility, speeds up circulation and helps remove waste products from your muscles.
After you have finished working out your muscles will always contract, so stretching them helps to make them stronger and more toned. Not only that but stretching helps you wind down and relax after a good workout.
Your stretching routine should target the different muscles on your body, which includes:
Each stretch should be held for 30 seconds and never force or strain your muscle when you are stretching. If for some reason you do feel pain then back off immediately, stretching should never cause your body pain.
Here are some different stretches that you can start doing today:
Stand up straight, hold onto a wall or a stationary object for balance and lift your right foot towards your bottom. With your right hand hold the top of your foot and gently pull it in so your heel is touching your bottom. You should feel the stretch in the front of your leg, hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the left leg.
Place your right heel on a step or a bench, flex your foot and lean gently forward from your hip joint. Make sure that you keep your back straight so you don’t hunch over. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat with your left leg.
Stand facing a wall and place your right arm on the wall with your palm touching the wall, your arm must be at shoulder height. Gently turn your body away from the wall keeping your arm in the same position. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on your left arm.
Back (this stretches out your lower back)
Lie down on your back with your arms stretched out to the side; bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Keep your knees together and slowly lower them to the right side, trying to get them as close to the floor as possible (Do not force). Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on your left side.
Next time you say to yourself I’ll stretch later, remember why stretching is so important and how it’s going to help you maintain a strong, healthy body.