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Stretch It Out

My body is so sore!!! I have been going harder in my workouts compared to last month. Don’t get me wrong, I was working hard then too, but something about the New Year just has me feeling some kind of way.
 

Sore!

 

I have to say, I kind of like the sore feeling, it’s a friendly reminder of my hard work. It also gives me an excuse to get a massage (but who needs an excuse, right?)

 

Are you feeling sore too? There are a few remedies; I would like to bestow upon you, just a variety of options that can help relieve that soreness. The cool part, you can do most of these stretches while you watch your favorite shows, a movie, or have a Netflix and stretch kind of night.

 

Disclaimer: There is a difference between feeling sore and feeling pain if you feel pain make sure to consult with your doctor.

 

Let’s proceed, shall we?

 

Rolling, rolling, get your body rolling

Let me introduce to you a fairly new friend, the foam roller. I have been using a foam roller for a few months now after my workouts. I feel so much better after taking the time to foam roll; it is like giving yourself a massage. You have to try it; to see what I mean.

 

Info about the foam roller:

 

Where to buy one?

Wal-Mart, Target, online

 

How do I learn to foam roll?

Youtube, Google, Pinterest

 

Here is a link to check out:

 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AR3lBpshJmgdcIIGMPxzlmxmskdk0lzJmjbCNoJ9rp5i3WURL9d74zM/

 

Additional….

Look up classes in your area to see if they offer foam rolling.

Ask a physical therapist or massage therapist.

 

Speaking of massage

Getting a massage is also a great way to relieve your hard worked muscles from feeling sore. Treat yourself to a massage once a month or every few months. Ask a loved one or a nice friend to work some of their magic. You can also schedule a professional massage in your area, or you can hire a private massage therapist to your home (how convenient is that). Fun tip: If you get pedicures, take advantage of the massage chair, You’re already sitting there, might as well lean back and get a massage while your toes are getting pampered; it’s a two for one ( I think, I just made my weekend plans).

 

Massage Balls:

Another way to get deep into those sore muscles: massage balls. These special balls are perfect to target sore areas in your shoulders, glutes, thighs, calves. You can also use a softball or tennis ball to do the trick. It's like giving yourself a deep tissue massage. It feels amazing, and you will ask yourself why you did not know about this sooner.

 

Here is a link to get you started

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/407927678728775418/

 

Oldie but defiantly a goodie; Stretching!

Are you one of those people who skip out on stretching? It may not seem worth the extra few minutes, however, taking advantage of your body being warm after your workout to stretch is important for recovery, preventing injury, and it helps with your flexibility, which will ultimately keep you advancing in your workouts. As mentioned earlier, these can be done in the comfort of your home while binge watching (make this work to your advantage friends).

 

Here are some stretching ideas you can use.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129689664249822346/

 

I saved the best for last, my favorite way to stretch

 

Yoga

It may seem obvious but taking a yoga class or pulling up a good yoga video after your workout is a great way to get in a good stretch. I like to pull up a good 10-minute yoga video, something slow but of course effective. I also try to do a Yoga session as my main workout at least once a week for 20 to 45 minutes. Dedicating a workout to Yoga can help with your flexibility, as I mentioned this is important for prevention and progression.

 

10-minute yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EkjlkYVzpA

 

20-minute yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvucPJUJJFk&t=4s

 

Thanks for hanging out, comment below to share your stretching tips or advice.

 

-Leticia

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