Other than avid “yogi’s” (those who partake in yoga on a regular basis), many people neglect the flexibility/stretching side of their workout routine. I have written previous articles on the importance of performing dynamic stretches for pre-workout warm-up and static stretches for post-workout recovery; however, I find that majority of people neglect this post-workout portion. Even though it only takes approximately 10 minutes to perform a few stretches after a workout people seem to skip out on this because they are eager to get out of the gym after a workout. I admit I am even guilty of this occasionally and let me tell you that I do notice a difference in the overall feeling and performance of my body if I neglect myself of some quality stretching time. I personally have committed myself to at least one class (two if my schedule will allow it) of hot yoga per week in order to make sure I get in at least one solid session of stretching to keep my body functioning optimally, prevent muscle imbalances, and reduce my risk for injury; however, I also make it a point to stretch for at least 5-10 minutes after each workout.
Here are some reasons why you should get in the habit of performing a static stretching routine post-workout.
**NOTE: it’s important to perform static (slow long hold) stretching after a workout, or a proper warm-up, when your muscles are warm and more pliable to be most effective and prevent injury.
Remember a complete health and fitness regimen consists of a happy medium between cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training all in combination with a healthy eating.
Email Michelle@CORE-Condition.com if you have any questions about flexibility training and what stretches might work best for you.
Michelle Roots BA Kin, CSCS, PES