Joint pain and discomfort are unpleasant to say the least. If left untreated, it could possibly develop into arthritis that could be extremely debilitating. Failing to properly care for your joints and maintain them jeopardizes them for a lifetime. So what kind of actions cause their deterioration? It all starts with muscular imbalances that stem from repetitively performing daily activities such as sitting, and long periods of static postures that impede blood flow to muscles and bones.
Many people underestimate the importance of stretching before and after working out. However, stretching is vital as it helps decrease chances of injury by allowing the joints to move through their full range of motion.
A general rule of thumb is that you should perform a low-intensity exercise for five to ten minutes before and after your workout. Stretch all the major muscles such as your calves, thighs, hips, lower back, neck and shoulders for 20-30 seconds each. As this is the easiest method to avoid extreme joint pain, here are six stretches to focus on for your next workout:
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions on how to avoid injuries while working out or to learn how you can incorporate stretching into your daily routine.