In the August issue of HealthTrack Sports and Wellness newsletter, Annie Flint, HTSW Certified Personal Trainer N.A.S.M., shared that one of the most important physical activities for recovery is plenty of stretching. If your body doesn’t recover properly, than you won’t see any further progress and it might be very harmful for your overall wellbeing. What happens to our muscles after a very high intensity workout is that they become stiff and sore as a result of micro tears. If you slack on your cool down and stretching, your muscles can experience blood pooling which means the blood that carried oxygen and nutrients to the muscles won’t return back to the heart and the waste product called lactic acid stays in the muscles. This is why we experience swelling and pain, sometimes even for a few days, after an intense workout. When experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness try to keep moving and stay active.
Proper hydration and stretching will help with muscle recovery, blood circulation, and removing waste product. If your goal is to blast through your workout routines, beat your own records and feel better each day stretching can be a great option!