I know how it feels to want to get your workout over and done with as soon as possible. It’s either super early in the morning before you head to work, so you have a slight rush, or it’s in the evening and you’re tired. You barely made it to the gym in the first place, and you definitely don’t want to prolong the time you have to stay there. I think anyone who exercises regularly has been there. Not every gym experience is sunshine and roses.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business. I don’t want to damper the mood, but an extra 5-10 minutes spent stretching can work wonders for you. Cushion the front end and back end of your workout with those 5-10 minutes of stretching, and your muscles will thank you. The foam roller will change your life over time!
So what do I mean by stretching before a workout? I’m not talking your stand still, lean over and touch your toes. That’s static stretching and isn’t smart to do on a cold muscle. Utilize dynamic stretching before your workouts. This can be a part of your warmup. It includes think like butt kicks, air squats, arm circles and leg swings. With these, you are moving as you stretch the muscle. These movements prepare your muscles for what’s to come and also help prevent injury
After your workouts is when you should break out the foam roller and also utilize some static stretching to help release the muscle. If you’ve never tried a foam roller, give it a go. It’s not exactly comfortable, but again, your muscles will thank you later. You’ll recover from your workouts much better if you start doing this.
Try it out before you start your next workout.