01 Jul Stretching to stay ahead
We’re making great progress of trying to cover the distance from East Sussex to Tokyo as a collective.. in time for the Olympics!
As such, we need to make sure we can continue to keep on top form physically. Stretching directly after exercise can help us feel fresh by breaking up the lactic acid that forms in our muscles when they are being worked hard. Have you ever had stiff muscles the day after exercising? In the fitness world we call these DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. And man can they make you feel like you’re made out of tin.
By incorporating 5-15 minutes of stretching at the end of each session, you’ll be giving your body (and mind) a natural way to wind down. Check out these recommended stretches by the NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/how-to-stretch-after-exercising/
Our recommendations on stretching:
Try to find the time to look after your feet and leg muscles. They are the key drivers in pushing you forward and completing as much distance as possible in the month of July.
Barefoot walking on grass can be a great way to relax your foot muscles after exercise. Likewise, try to stretch your quads, hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings and calfs to make the most out of your recovery.
How we can help
If you’re already accessing our service, The Other Room Gym has plenty of stretching videos available to follow along and we really recommend them. Follow along to pre-recorded videos here.
If you’re interested in our free healthy lifestyle services, you also get access to our virtual gym for FREE. Let us help you eat well, move more, stop smoking, manage your weight or drink less alcohol. You’ll be able to follow live exercise sessions catered to a wide range of abilities and check out pre-recorded sessions any time of the day.