No matter what kind of martial art you practice or not, it’s pretty safe to say that appropriate stretching before AND after any workout can offer a number of benefits such as:
- Increase of range of motion
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Prevent sore muscles after your workout
I speak from personal experience. Maybe some of you out there can relate.
Very often we don’t take the time for proper warming up AND cooling down. It is soooo important, especially the older you, I mean, I get. Haha.
Years ago, we did a lot of ballistic stretching which I today would not favor for lower body stretching. I now prefer static stretching, whereas you stretch a muscle to the point of a tolerable discomfort or better warming sensation and then hold for a defined period like 30 seconds. Just don’t overdo it! Work with your body, not against it.
This has worked for me very well and I just wanted to pass it on to you.
To close today’s post, of course I will not leave you without some visuals:
I came across one of the most effective lower body stretching workouts that really takes only 3 minutes to do.
I highly recommend stretching before AND after your actual workout.
In my humble opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you are a martial artist or not, you will benefit from it. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.