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.
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. 🙂