Happy Wednesday everyone! This week, we here at GetFitNow want you to focus on stretching after your workouts!
We know that often the last thing you want to do after an intense workout is to sit down and stretch. You probably just want to get up and get on with your day as soon as you can. However, not properly stretching your muscles can lead to increased soreness and stiffness in the muscles later on. Even a simple back stretch can prevent you from growing lower back pains in the future.
Stretching after an intense workout will help increase your range of motion and prevent serious injuries. Cooling down your muscles is extremely important to reduce stress in your joints and, plus it’s also good for mind by helping you relax and lower your heart rate!
Hold each position for about 30 seconds before moving on to get a really stretch in your muscles!
Also, click HERE to see what exercises we suggest you do Pre-workout. In the post, we also discuss the difference between static and dynamic movements!
Make sure to check out our Best Booty Workout to get your best bikini butt! Do this workout for a toned and sexy butt you’ll love!
Post-workout meals are just as important as a Post-workout stretch so make sure you read our post on the Best Post and Pre-workout Foods to help you recover and get energized for your next workout session!
On a final note, If you are experiencing pain, we recommend seeking professional attention to address where the pain is coming from. We had the opportunity to ask Greg Eisenberg, the owner of Symmetry Sports Massage of Atlanta to share his knowledge of when to seek out professional sports massage options when you are feeling pain, other than the “good pain” of working out!
Over 95% of complaints pertaining to musculoskeletal pain originates within soft tissue, which includes muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fascia and nerves. It is crucial to determine the origin of the pain.
Remember this! Where the pain is, is NOT where the origin of the problem exists.
Long term or permanent beneﬁts will not take place if a therapist treats the area of the pain and ignores the dysfunction at the origin/cause of the pain. Evaluations, muscle testing and the experience of the therapist will help determine the origin of the potential condition.
You probably have heard the term muscle (muscular) balance or muscle (muscular) imbalance. This concept is very important. Every muscle has a particular strength, length and tension it should function with. A particular muscle or muscle group and it’s opposing muscle(s), it’s antagonist, attach to a common bone or joint. Varying degrees of muscular imbalance caused from either inactivity (the couch potato syndrome), to standing or sitting too often (desk jobs, driving, biking, sleeping in fetal position), to people who exercise or engage in sports for fun or professionally.
Some of the many conditions that can originate from muscular imbalances can include neck and back pain, headaches, tendinitis, arthritis, strains, sprains, hip issues, disc issues, sciatica type symptoms, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and more.
Moreover, another extremely important determination needs to be made regarding muscular imbalances. A determination needs to be made between muscles that are too tight (too short, too contracted, too strong) as opposed to a muscle or muscle group that is too tense, too weak and too long but has the appearance of being tight. Its not. Its probably too stretched, weak and long similar to a stretched rubber band.
Stretching a muscle that is already too weak and too long or strengthening a muscle that is too strong and too short can further perpetuate or worsen the painful condition that could be present and can cause compensatory conditions in other areas of the body.
Be careful what muscles you are stretching and what muscles you are strengthening.
Please feel free to contact Greg with any questions you may have at 770-330-8835.
He looks forward to speaking with you regarding rest and relaxation massage, preventative maintenance and rehabilitative/ corrective massage therapy.
Please visit www.symmetrysportsmassage.com and “like” their Facebook page, Symmetry Sports and Orthopedic Massage for more information.
Greg would like to offer clients of Get Fit Now a 30% discount for there initial session which can include assessment, a number of different massage modalities, stretching/strengthening exercises and more. He looks forward to hearing from you!
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The GetFitNow Team