Stretching is one of the most important parts of the workout, but it is easy to skip it. There are substantial benefits to stretching before and during your workouts, but what about afterward? Between the two different stretches, dynamic and static, static stretching plays a role during your cool down. 

One of the big things about stretching after a workout is the idea that you are improving mobility after you’ve already worked the muscle,” Jennifer Morgan, P.T., D.P.T., C.S.C.S., a sports physical therapist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells SELF. “Stretching can increase blood flow, boost oxygen levels, and help deliver nutrients to your body and your muscles, and as well as help remove metabolic waste to help with the recovery process.”

Static stretching increases your range of motion and overall mobility since your muscles are already warmed up from the workout. When thinking about your post-workout stretches, you want to focus on the muscles that you just worked on to bring the most blood flow to those muscles. Stretching does not have to be workouts that are heavy in cardio. Those who focus on weight training tend to be incredibly strong but super stiff since these athletes do not have a solid focus on stretching. 

Also, remember that stretching does not have to be too long, and overstretching causes issues. Thirty seconds to a minute of stretching will help your muscles with recovery. You should never feel a sharp pain or pinching, only slight discomfort while stretching. 

With physical therapy, our physical therapists will provide you with the knowledge to stretch and move to get help in your recovery process. For more information, contact Carolina Rehab. 

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