Achieve Your Peak Performance – The Infographic
June 29, 2021
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
When it comes to your workout, both warm-up and cool-down stretches are important for injury prevention and optimal recovery. The following exercises will help increase your range of motion, ease existing aches and pains, and help prevent strains while working out.
The Cat-Cow stretch helps mobilize the spine and eases tense back muscles, which can be a particular problem for weightlifters or athletes who sit a lot during the day. While this can be done as a warm-up or a generalized exercise to prevent back pain, we recommend utilizing it as a cool-down after exercise to alleviate any strain from activity.
This stretch helps access muscles commonly used by athletes or in the gym, like the shoulders, triceps, and deltoids. This is a great warm-up exercise to increase mobility in the shoulders, prevent injury and strains, and to warm up the joints in your upper body.
Figure four makes an excellent warm-up exercise because it stretches the glutes, hips, and hamstrings, all of which need to be warm and loose before intense activity. The glutes and hips are common areas for general exercise wear-and-tear, so if you’re feeling soreness in the days after a workout session, give this one a try.