Does the thought of stretching after a workout bore you completely? Do you have a hard time slowing down and making the time to incorporate some flexibility in to your workout routine?
If you are someone who likes to skip the stretch, hopefully you will be convinced after this read just how important it is!
Stretching after a workout helps to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness – and who wouldn’t want that? After all, muscle soreness is one of the main reasons that many people skip exercising.
When you are working out, your body produces lactic acid which gets built up in your muscles making them tired and sore (think “feel the burn” – that is the lactic acid build up!) By taking the time to stretch after your workout, you will help your body to eliminate the lactic acid and therefore, you will reduce the occurrence of soreness and will also help your muscles to recover faster.
It is best to perform static stretching after a workout. When you stretch after a workout, your muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation. Muscles will be more pliable and you will be better able to get the full benefit out of your stretches and will also avoid the chances of injury.
Taking the time to stretch will also slow your body down and give you time to allow your heart rate to return to normal, your muscles to get more much needed oxygen and allow you to feel more energized yet relaxed after your workout.
Another great benefit of stretching is the improvement you will experience in your posture. We spend much of our days with our shoulders hunched and our backs rounded, especially those of us working in office jobs. By focusing on stretching as part of your routine, you will not only notice improvement in your posture, but quite likely less aches and pains especially in the low back and shoulders.
If this is not enough to convince you to take the time to stretch, the reduction you will feel in the tension in your body and any anxiety you may be holding on to is another great reason to make time to include this in your routine. Often, we are carrying around so much tension in our bodies that we don’t even realize it. When we take the time to elongate our muscles and incorporate some deep breathing at the same time, it is often surprising the things we notice about our bodies (ears stuck to ours shoulders maybe?!?)
Lastly, as we get older we tend to lose some of our flexibility and range of motion and this is not something we want to see happen. A regular stretching routine will help to ensure we remain flexible and mobile for a long time to come which in turn leads to a reduced risk of injuries from slips, falls and other such occurrences.
If you are now convinced that stretching should be a part of your routine but you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered! Simply click HERE to download your FREE copy of our Full-Body Stretching Routine so you can get started today incorporating this practice in to your daily routine!