Recovery Day Stretching

September 14, 2016

 

 

Stretching is an essential component to any effective exercise plan. I recommend stretching at the end of each workout to:

 

1. Improve flexbility

2. Improve full range of motion of our bodies joints

3. Decrease DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)

4. Provide yourself a smooth transition from strenuous exercise to a normal heart rate

 

I also engage in stretching on my ACTIVE RECOVERY* days. I never engage in strenuous activity on Sunday- for me personally, Sunday is my day for rest and recovery and the opportunity to take a break from hitting it hard with exercise on the other 6 days of the week. Depending on the work load of the week, I sometimes take a second active recovery day during the middle of the week. On Sunday I will run through this stretching routine provided below (and often add additional stretches to it, depending on which muscle groups feel most tight).

 

For a simple total-body stretching routine, hold each of the stretches below for 20 seconds each.  

 

* As a general rule, exercise qualifies as active recovery if you feel better after exercising compared to before you started.

 

 

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