There are few things better than the endorphin rush that follows a vigorous workout. And there are few feelings worse than widespread muscle soreness and stiffness that follows the post-workout endorphin rush. The reason that soreness sets in is that after working out, your muscles get tensed up, which distorts your posture and restricts your range of motion. However, you can greatly reduce your post-workout recovery by performing some stretch exercises, provided that they are geared toward elongating the muscles you just put through the wringer. If you’re not clear on what kind of stretches are the most beneficial after working out, a recent Fitness Republic feature will likely prove to be illuminating.
First, the feature looks at dynamic post-workout stretches. These are stretches that improve flexibility through a series of exercises that keep your body in continuous motion. One great dynamic stretch for your leg muscles involves raising your knees as close as you possibly can to your chest. Another involves doing jump squats that will energize your entire lower body by sending blood rushing into your legs. Alternately, you can try some static stretches that are less movement intensive, but require more endurance. To restore the full range of motion to your arms, the feature suggests extending your elbow above your head for ten seconds. Click the link below to learn more post-workout stretches.
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