Thank you for that health tip. I did not know how important it was to stretch before and after a workout. I am diabetic, have high blood pressure, and I can surely see the benefits of the cool down, drinking water, stretching, and eating afterwards.
Stretching after exercise (whether cardio or strength training) is even more important in my experience than stretching beforehand. It really does help reduce soreness.
1/20/2008 10:25:05 PM
Very good article! Before I can practice hitting & driving golf balls, I have to stretch.I have to put my club on my back shoulders with one hand on each end of the club. And turn back and forth. I am still a little sore, but it helps. You use your whole body when you're out playing either a 9-hole or 18-hole golf course. I really feel very relaxed after I play!
I always cool down after cardio and I always stretch after strength training, but I don't stretch after cardio. I will now. I guess another benefit is that you're stretching more frequently so you'll get more flexible!
1/20/2008 11:56:11 AM
The thing I like best about SparkPeople is that I am always learning new tips that improves my life! This free article is a must read for everyone in a personal training program! (My expensive personal trainer has not told me any of this, and I have suffered from extremely sore muscles and never knew why....)
What if the only time you can work out is later in the evening? I get to the gym sometimes as late as 8 pm. I work and go to school full time so that is the only time I can make it. Should I still eat afterwards?
Refueling after my workouts is something that I'm definitely going to add to my routine for the next month. My routine has needed some "tweaking" and I'm going to see what this will do for busting the plateau!
1/20/2008 8:22:53 AM
Refueling your body ASAP after exercise is more important than any other meal, besides breakfast. This will only make you stronger and ready to tackle your next exercise session!
1/20/2008 7:59:31 AM
It is always good to have a little reminder. Great article.
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