We get it, sometimes you’re in a rush and leave a class before you’ve had time to stretch. You promise to do it later, or when you get home, but often that’s not the case. A few minutes stretching after a group fitness class might seem like an unimportant part of a workout but it is in fact the opposite.
For most of us, the main aim of stretching after exercise is to avoid the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) the next day, but there are a number of other benefits to stretching that you should be aware of.
Stretching after exercise is beneficial to:
- Assist your body to cool-down after an intense workout
- Return your heart rate to normal levels
- Improve overall flexibility
- Increase blood circulation
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Eliminate lactic acid
- Relax after increased activity
- Reduce muscle tightness and soreness
- Boost energy and prepare you for the rest of your day
- Increase range of movement in your joints
- Reduce tension and anxiety that can be leading to tight muscles
So next time you’re in a rush to leave, remember to take just 2 -3 minutes to perform some stretches before you head out. You will notice the benefits straight away and be doing your body a favour.