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Better Workout With Some Stretching

May 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

Whether you plan to hit the treadmill or do a round of circuit training, don't underestimate the power of stretching. By stretching your muscles you'll improve flexibility and improve your blood flow. There are tons of stretches, but rather than spend the better half of your workout stretching, focus on these three stretches to jump start your workout.

Downward Dog

Isn't that a Yoga pose? It sure is, but it's a great way to stretch multiple parts of your body in one stretch. Start on your hands and knees, drop your butt back, push up on your toes and arch your back. You'll stretch your legs, back, shoulders, neck, chest and hips in this stretch.

Hamstring stretch

If you're planning a cardio workout, pay special attention to your hamstrings during stretching. There's nothing worse than your hamstrings tightening up while you're running. Sit with your legs in front of you and reach for your toes. There are other hamstring stretches, but this one is quick and easy.

Low lunge

This stretch opens your core, which is sometimes tough to get to. One leg is bent at the knee while the other leg is extended behind your body. It's also a Yoga pose and is easy to achieve from the downward dog position.

After a tough workout, consider getting a massage. Think of it as post-workout stretching session with less work. We can ease aching muscles and keep tension from building up in your joints.