We put our bodies through a lot. The hussle and bustle of daily life, sitting at our desks all day, and working out all take a tole on our body. Our body does so much for us, why don’t we give back?
A Portland Personal Trainer would recommend stretching on a regular basis. Not only does stretching elongate our muscles and help them return to their original state, but it is also relaxing and helps us dial down from the stresses of life.
Stretching should always be done on warm muscles, meaning going for a brisk walk, a jog around the block, or some jumping jacks to heat them up and get the blood flowing. Stretching on muscles that are not prepared is one way to overstrain yourself and cause injury.
Here are some recommendations as to when it’s a good time to alleviate the pressure from those muscles and help them relax.
1. Shortly after you wake up in the morning. Run in place for a minute or so and then focus on stretching muscles that feel tight. Help your body start the day out fresh!
2. Mid day. Take a couple laps around your work floor and then stretch out your back, hips, and hamstrings to help power through the afternoon.
3. Right before bed. Take the dog for a nice evening stroll and introduce stretching to your bedtime routine. It will help you relax and catch some well deserved z’s.