Stretching After Exercise… Added Value

Stretching after exercise is highly recommended as a great way to prevent injury and soreness with the added value of cooling your muscles down and also letting them relax after a hard workout.

The Correct Order Is The Smartest Way

The smart order of things should be a warm up before your workout consisting of five minutes on any type of cardio equipment. Then after your kick booty workout let’s complete a stretching and cooling down session of ten minutes. Reason behind this strategy is that…

  • Before your workout your muscles are too cold to stretch them.
  • After your workout your muscles are warmed up and just begging you for a good stretch and cool down. Another thing you could do is stretch during your workout between your sets instead of just sitting on the bench resting, this way you are always active doing something.
  • When you give your muscles what they want and need they are going to give you results. 

Not Only Added Value… But Benefits Galore!

After an amazing workout your muscles are screaming for some added attention from you because they have lactic acid all around them. This lactic acid is the thing that leads to sore muscles and also muscle fatigue, stretching after exercise will give you the upper hand by…

  • Reducing muscle fatigue.
  • Increases blood circulation.
  • Reduces muscle soreness.
  • Increasing the range of motion in your muscles.
  • Giving your mind the chance to evaluate your workout.
  • Relaxing and releasing the last of your stresses.
  • Soothes and calms the mind and the body. 

Stretching After Exercise Made Easy

See the list below for some of my all-time favorite stretches, it’s always best to try to hold each stretch for a minimum of 20 to 30 seconds, breathe deeply, relax and enjoy each movement knowing that you just had an awesome workout.

  • Seated Forward Bend: Sit on the floor legs extended and keep a straight back bending forward try to touch your toes. This works on your hamstrings.
  • Quad Stretch: Find an object to stabilize yourself, stand on the left leg while bending the right leg try to touch your glutes (butt) with your heel. Repeat this action for the right leg. This will give you a good stretch in your quad.
  • Standing Calf Stretch: Find a step or elevated surface and an object to stabilize yourself, with balls of feet on the edge of step allow your heels to drop. This is a great stretch for your calves.
  • Triceps Stretch: Raise your right arm straight above you and bend elbow use your left hand to grab your right elbow and gently pull to the left. Repeat this action for the left side. This is really good for the triceps.
  • Shoulder Stretch: Bring your right arm across your body and place your left hand on your right arms tricep and pull the right arm into your body. Repeat for the opposite arm. You’ll feel a great stretch in your shoulder area.
  • Bicep And Chest Wall Stretch: Stand facing a wall, place the whole right arm on the wall at shoulder height. Make sure your palm is touching the wall. Keeping your arm in that position, turn your body away from the wall. Repeat for the opposite arm. You will feel the stretch in your biceps and chest.

Not only is stretching after exercise good for your muscles it also does wonders for the mind, body and spirit. So… give it a whirl and see how much you LOVE it!

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