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  • November 1, 2012
  • By Brittany

If you are anything like me, you like to get your workout in as efficiently as possible and then move on to the next thing.  Sometimes I find it hard to make myself stop and hold stretches when so many other obligations of the day are calling me!  But stretching is extremely important not just for increasing and maintaing flexibility but also for helping reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which in layman terms means incredibly sore muscles.  It also helps increase your range of motion which helps you perform your workouts better.  Below are my some of my stretches for you to try.  I recommend picking one to two mellow songs and making a commitment to stretch for the duration of the song(s).

Standing Stretches

Calf Stretch

Achilles Stretch

Quad Stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch

Mat Stretches

Hip Flexor Stretch

Quad Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

IT Band Stretch

Lower Back Twist

Inner Thigh Straddle Stretch

Foam Roller

I’ve included some foam roller exercises here.  Foam roller is so great for sore muscles.  It actually helped me with a bout of IT band syndrome.  It is like a cheap massage for your muscles!  Just gently roll the foam roller across the targeted area.

Target Area: IT Band

Target Area: Calves

Target Area: Quads

Target Area Back:

Readers, what are your favorite stretches?

By Brittany, November 1, 2012
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