Posted on July 13 2016
When taking a look at my health goals there were a lot of things laid out.
Designated work out days
Designated work out times
Outfits for each work out
Meal plan including vitamins/supplements
Something was still missing – something important.
Stretching. I’ve had the tendency of tossing any ole’ stretch at the end of my workouts, holding it for twenty seconds and thinking that was good enough. You too? Stretching after your workouts come with benefits like increased flexibility, reduced risk of muscle injury and it just feels sooo good!
Here are 3 moves to incorporate into your next workout.
1. Lower back: Ever since my car accident three years ago I’m vigilant about my back health and that includes stretching it well.
2. Inner thigh/quadriceps/calf: That’s right; this one move can stretch your entire lower body. Bring the foot as close to your chest as possible for better results. If you really want to feel it in your calf, arch your feet and point your toes forward.
3. Shoulders/upper body: My upper body and core aren’t as strong as my lower body. Because of that I can overexert them easily when using weights. Stretching always helps though. This move will loosen your shoulders but if you pull at the elbow just a little the effect spreads to your upper back.
After my stretching session, Mr. Sun decided to come out and play.
I know that we’re all juggling busy lives and once our workouts are done it’s easy to move on to the next task. Today I’m encouraging you to add a few extra minutes into your routine and be intentional about stretching those muscles. It’s so worth it!
Why is stretching important you ask? See Christine's post The Importance of Stretching After Exercise
Written by Candace McGee from The Quirk Life
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