Stretching is an often overlooked—but crucial—part of any workout routine. It can help you avoid injuries like pulled muscles and help decrease the soreness that follows intense exercise by improving muscle circulation. Stretching before and after you work out will have a positive impact on the effectiveness of your fitness routine.*
- Hamstrings—With your feet shoulder-width apart, bend down at the waist and reach for your toes. You should feel some resistance behind your knees. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds at a time.
- Quadriceps—Supporting your weight against something solid, bend your right knee and bring your right foot behind you. Reach back and grab your foot with your right hand. You should feel some resistance in the front of your thigh. Repeat with your left leg. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds at a time.
- Triceps—With your right hand, reach over your left arm and grab you left elbow, pulling it toward your right shoulder. You should feel some resistance in your triceps. Repeat this stretch with your right arm, holding for 10 seconds at a time.
*Consult a personal trainer if you are unsure about the technique of any of these stretches.
—Steven Garner, North Americas Marketing Project Manager