Last week we discussed core stability training and the importance of staying hydrated. Over the next few weeks, we are going to discuss the importance of stretching. Today, the topic is focused on self stretching.
Wedding Season Week 8:
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” (Norman Vincent Peale)
Tip: Remember to warm-up and cool down before and after your workouts. I understand that it takes time away from the actual workout, but it’s worth it.
Week 8 Wedding Fitness Plan (Self Stretching):
Stretching is a very important topic and I strongly recommend that you stretch before and after your workout routines. Stretching has been proven to reduce the risk of injury, increase joint range of motion, reduce muscle tension, increase circulation of blood throughout the body, and increase energy levels. These are only a few of the benefits of stretching though.
Below are a few of my favorite stretches and I recommend that you hold or maintain each stretch for two 20 second counts with a five second count of relaxation between each 20 count.
See weeks one through seven of Matt’s 10-Week Wedding Fitness Plan.