Our 5 Favorite Post-Workout Stretches
So you’ve come back from a workout at the gym, or at home and your muscles are aching! While this most often a sign of a good workout, it also means that your body is releasing lactic acid throughout your muscles. This lactic acid can accumulate within your body and make you feel stiff and just plain gross, but don’t worry! The simple solution to flushing lactic acid out of your system is by stretching your muscles before and after your exercise sessions. Doing so will not only ensure that you feel great but can also increase flexibility and improve the results of your workout. Interested? Here are our five favorite post-workout stretches.
If you’ve been working your core, then you know that burning, aching sensation that comes with the end of an ab workout session. The cobra stretch works to relieve tension in the abdominal area by lengthening the muscles and stimulating the digestive organs to promote your detox. Channel your inner cobra, and slide into this pose after any strenuous ab workout and you’ll be feeling great in no-time.
After a hike, a jog, or maybe some squats, you’re going to be feeling your gluteal muscles. Your glutes can also become tightened simply by not using their full range of motion, which often times comes as a result of sitting in an office chair for hours on end. A good gluteal stretch helps to lengthen these muscles, working out any tension and improving your range of motion and recovery time.
Similar to your glutes, your hamstrings tend to also become tightened and sore after a long run. Luckily, there are several methods for stretching out these muscles, with the most popular being the simple seated stretch. This posture also improves your general lower body flexibility and mobility, which in turn can lower the risk of potential exercise based injury in the future. We recommend trying any of the stretches suggested within the video to help flush lactic acid out of your hamstrings.
We spend a lot of our days hunched over a computer screen or stuffed in a cramped car or bus, and as a result, there’s a lot of tension that builds up on our shoulders. If you’ve just finished an upper body workout, your shoulders will likely be aching, and that tends to comes as a result of all the tension within our shoulder muscles. The shoulder stretches suggested within the video are great for releasing any lactic acid built up within your muscles, and promoting healthy blood flow to the area.
Your quads see a lot of action on a daily basis, and even more so if you’ve been cycling; so it’s a good idea to give them the proper care they require. In particular, the standing quad stretch is a great method for improving your overall flexibility, so it’s a great idea to focus on this stretch shortly after you’ve completed any sort of strenuous lower body activity.
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Do you have a favorite stretch in your post-workout routine? We’re always looking to add new content to future blog posts, so let us know in the comments below!