Stretching should be a part of every single one of your workouts. Sound like too much work? It’s really not! I stretch for around 10 minutes after every workout. Just 10 minutes out of your day will make such a difference.
So why should you stretch? Well the best benefit for me is that it helps with recover and reduces muscle soreness for the next few days. It also help elongate your muscles, reduce your risk of injury, improve your range of motion (so you can perform better exercises such as a deeper squat) and improve your posture, just to name a few. I don’t do much flexibility training or yoga and I have a really high level of flexibility, just from 10 minutes of stretching after my workouts. So get stretching!
Here are some of my favourite stretches that I do after every workout. Obviously if I’ve just done a legs workout or a run, I won’t stretch my upper body (and vice versa). Hold each exercise for 20 seconds and repeat each exercise twice.
Another great stretch I love to do after an upper body workout, is to just hang from the chin up bars. It feels so good! And helps improve your grip strength!