Hello everyone! In the past few weeks I have been talking about how you should combine eating healthy with everyday exercising in order to improve your way of living. However, I think it is important to mention that recovery plays a very important role in staying healthy. Regardless if you are an athlete or not, after working out you should always give your body time to recover from the effort, otherwise the risk of injury in the future will increase. Recovery is in a way like sleep, because sleep is crucial for our body to function properly.
Besides drinking lots of fluids before and especially after effort you should also make sure to include stretching after workouts. People often forget to stretch, not knowing that it “increases your blood flow and circulation for a healthier body and [it] sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind” (Usigan). For example, when you sit for long periods of time “your glutes shut down” which means that other parts of your body become over-stressed, and as a result you are likely to start feeling pain in other parts of your body (Hahamian). Furthermore, it has great benefits for your spine. When we are under a lot of stress we are very likely to get tight, and the back and neck muscles are the first places where you will get tight. However, if you try to include some light stretches in your daily schedule, it will help you keep your body more balanced and pain free. As for athletes that practice on a daily basis, this has huge benefits by helping you stay flexible and reduce soreness. And most important of all, on the long run stretching can minimize the risk of injury.
Please keep in mind that when I say stretching, you do not have do anything very elaborate if you have a tight schedule or you are stuck in the office all day. Just stretching your arms above your head, or grabbing your chair while you stretch your neck sideways can make a big difference.
Make sure that you give yourself those couple of minutes at least once a day in order to get great benefits. Also keep in mind that you might not feel a change right away, but keep doing it and in time you will definitely notice the differences!
I wish you all a great week! Stay healthy!
Usigan, I. “6 Good Reasons You Need to Stretch”. Shape. (2016). WEB