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WOW 12.11 – stretching is muy importante

workout wednesday with tattooedteacherintexas and hosted by skinnymeg!


i spent this past saturday playing an epic game of tag at fun jump.  i ran and jumped around that whole place like my life depended on it.  there were even some kids there that joined the game.  haha!  and it turned out to be a great workout.  i was SO sore the next day, especially in my lower body.  so i needed a little stretching after all that.  i did the following stretching workout last wednesday too.  it’s a good mid-week routine to break up my weekly schedule.

stretching is so necessary.  i used to barely do it at all.  but then i kept reading and hearing that how important it is.  i realized that it helped to improve strength and flexibility .  jillian michaels (as heard on her podcast), jessica smith, and the couple behind fitness blender say that it’s best to do dynamic stretches and warm-up exercises before a workout.  then, do static stretches only after the workout.  hold each stretch for at least 15-30 seconds.  even though i have a ways to go, it’s definitely improved my flexibility and i feel like i recover better when i spend the time needed to get in a good stretch.

foam rolling.

i just recently got into foam rolling.  i had heard about how good it could be for awhile before i did some research. so then i got one.  and i had no idea what to do with it.  it came with a little poster that showed about twenty different poses you can do and how to execute them.  i went off of that at first.  and then i found a couple of youtube videos.  this one below is a good one.  it’s straight-forward and brief.  just be prepared (because i wasn’t) that it hurts.  don’t worry, that’s normal.  and it gets better after you do it several times.  this video is a great intro to foam rolling.  once you know what to do, it’s easy and i’ve found it to be a good wind down to a workout.  🙂

taylor @ a tattooed teacher in texas blog


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