I have to admit, I used to not be very good at my post-workout routine. I normally would finish my workout by leaving the gym or fitness studio immediately, running home to shower, and then either spending my “recovery” period lying down or stuffing my face. I would do the minimal stretching that comes during the wind-down part of a studio class, but that was it.
All of that changed once I started covering health and wellness as managing editor of THE/THIRTY. After talking to so many trainers, kinesiologists, and other experts in the fitness industry, I learned just how important it is to stretch and recover after a workout.
Stretching, in general, can do so much for your body. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in