In the past I always ignored the stretches after my training. I thought it was a waste of time.
When I became an exercise professional I realised how wrong I was.
My muscles were always shortened and tight. So I started implementing some routines after my training and today my flexibility and range of motion has definitely improved.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and maintains a full range of motion, and helps the joints do their job.
When the muscles are weak, they aren’t able to extend all the way. That creates a risk of joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.
A few static stretches at the end of a single workout will help with next-day muscle soreness.
To improve your flexibility with stretching, you must do it often especially after the training session. You can used bands, a foam roller or just your body.
One of my favourites is the foam roller. Apart from my stretches routine I use the foam roller often. It is an incredible fitness equipment. Foam rolling the glutes can release these trigger points, allowing for pain-free movement. Tight glutes can be the cause of a lot of pain elsewhere in the body, specifically in the knees and the lower back.
Just remember, stretching once a day won’t magically give you perfect flexibility. You’ll need to do it over time and remain committed to the process.
It may have taken you many months to get tight muscles, so you’re not going to be perfectly flexible after 1 or 2 sessions.
The Key is to do it every day for the long term, and you will improve it.
Give it a try…