Stretching for Sore Muscles
After the first few weeks of #FBKGetSchooled, you may be feeling pretty sore. That’s totally normal and a sign that your muscles are beginning to change! Stretching after your workout and on your rest days is essential to make sure you perform at your best. We’re here to help by breaking down the benefits of stretching and sharing one of our favorite post-workout stretch routines.
Warm-up vs. Stretch
You may hear the two used interchangeably, but there are a few key differences. With a warm-up, your goal is to literally warm your body by raising your core temperature so your muscles are ready for movement. You increase the blood flow to your muscles to best prepare for physical activity. With a stretch, you’re increasing your mobility and range of motion.
What are the benefits of Stretching?
If you’re feeling tight from sitting at a desk all day, stretching will help to alleviate that feeling. Stretching may help lengthen the muscles and create flexibility, making that stiffness and soreness go away.
Increase Mobility & Flexibility
Being able to fully move a joint gives you a full range of motion. Not only will this help your performance in the gym, but it makes everyday activities a breeze. Stretching increases this range of motion and prevents injuries.
Calms You After a Workout
Stretching post-workout will help bring your heart rate down safely and calm your mind. Deep breathing during stretching will also help to increase your blood flow and oxygen levels, making you feel even better after a sweat.
Ready to try it yourself?
Here’s our FBK stretching routine that will have you feeling like a million bucks after your next workout!
Target Areas: Lower back, legs
Target Areas: Calves, ankles
Target Areas: Tricep + shoulder
Target Areas: Arms, chest, shoulder
Target areas: shoulders, back, hips, glutes