Whether or not it’s before or after your workout it’s easy to skip stretching due to time and/or soreness. What you may or may not know is, by skipping this vital step you are actually not making the most out of a great workout.
How do I benefit from stretching BEFORE my workout?
1. Stretching helps your body prepare for exercise.
You never want to warm up cold muscles. Yes, you do need a warm-up PRE warm-up to avoid injury. However, a simple 5 minutes of light walking or low intensity jogging will do the trick. After, gentle stretching will help to loosen tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joints which will increase flexibility and range of motion.
2. Stretching makes a good workout great.
By warming up prior to exercise you allow for better mobility from the start which will help you reach your goals and a higher intensity quicker.
3. Stretching reduces the risk of injury before.
Stretching pre and post workout has been shown to reduce muscle tightness, soreness, strains and joint damage. Keep in mind proper form is also critical in preventing injury!
4. Stretching optimizes your overall health.
From physical to mental there’s no end to the benefits of a good stretch session. Not only will you improve physical health and prevent injury, as mentioned above, but studies have shown that stretching can also relieve stress, depression, and anxiety. Combine some gentle moves and focused breathing first thing in the morning to start your day off right.
How can I benefit from stretching AFTER my workout?
1. Stretching reduces your risk of injury after.
Yes, just as mentioned above, the same benefits apply here, too. Stretching post workout can also reduce muscle soreness, strains, and joint damage. Your body just worked extra hard and needs a little TLC!
2. Stretching lowers lactic acid build-up.
Lactic acid forms in the body when it is low in the oxygen it needs to convert glucose to energy. The consequence of too much can cause muscle pain, cramps, and muscular fatigue. Stretching can help to reduce the amount throughout the body resulting in speedier muscle recovery.
3. Stretching improves posture.
When your tight muscles pull against your loose muscles, over time, this can cause poor posture. In turn, this will result in back pain and other musculoskeletal issues. Stretching post workout can loosen the tight muscles avoiding any negative effects.
Still unsure of what stretches are right for you?
Let us help! Our experienced trainers at B5 will provide a customized routine based on your needs and goals. Contact us today to make the most out of your stretching!