Don't forget to stretch after the workout! I was laid up for a week with an injury because of not stretching. I work out doing Turbo Fire which is a high intensity cardio kickboxing type of workout. Anyhow, I would be so exhausted by my workout that I decided to forget the stretching. After several weeks of not stretching I noticed my knee started hurting. Figured I hurt it during the workout. I sat down for an hour and tried to bend my knee to get up and it screamed in pain.
After research, I found out that due to not stretching afterwards, my hamstring/IT band had pulled my knee muscles out of place because of imbalance (Chalene from Turbo Fire talks about it a lot and how much use those muscles get during the workout and how important is to stretch and I ignored her). I did stretches over several days just to bend my knee to the point where I can get on the floor and do the pigeon pose for a few minutes. It hurt so good. I was painful but a good painful. After 2 days of that pose, my full range of motion in my knee came back.
I'm just starting out again with exercise and have begun with walking. I wondered also about stretching and the role it plays; whether it's better to stretch before or after and what areas to focus on initial. Any suggestions would be very welcome, thanks
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