If you’ve been following me for some time, you’re well versed in the transformative effects weight training can have on your body. While it’s easy to focus entirely on your goals of growing your booty or toning up your arms, you can’t forget to take care of your body in the process. And the best way to do that is by adding specific stretches into your weight training routine.
Stretching can feel unnecessary at times, especially when you're just starting. But lifting weights fatigues your muscles and can lead to soreness if you’re not stretching beforehand. And that soreness can cause you to skip the gym more often than not.
To keep yourself on track to achieving your goals, make sure to take care of muscles too with these stretches.
Your joints go through a lot when you’re lifting weights. Give them a little love by doing some joint rotations on your wrists, neck and ankles. Rotate them in a circle for 30 seconds and then rotate in the opposite direction for another 30 seconds.
I know, a stretch that’s ALSO a workout?! Yep, it’s a form of stretching called dynamic stretching and essentially, it’s just doing the moves you would in the gym but without any weight. Alternating lunges position can give your calves and quads the stretch they need after leg day.
Unlike dynamic stretching, static stretching is when you passively hold a position for 30 seconds to a minute. Whether you’re reaching for your toes to stretch your hamstrings or stretching out both of your arms in a doorway to focus on your chest, adding these to the end of your routine is a great way to relieve your muscles.
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