Category — Flexibility
When you’re focused on hitting the gym and pumping some serious iron that last thing you’re usually worried about it stretching your muscles. Well, you might want to think twice about that for your next workout.
The science of muscle building really revolves around the small tissue strands that make up your muscles called fascicle. When a muscle contracts, the fasciciles constrict. The more you workout the more the muscle fibers breakdown. Stretching helps to speed up the recovery process from this breakdown by realigning those fibers.
Simply put, stretching is good for you and your muscles! It will expediate recovery after a strenuous workout and decrease lactic acid. In the end you’re going to reap the benefits by allowing yourself to workout longer and recover more quickly from soreness.
Tip: Make stretching a part of your workout (like a bicep curl or lateral pulldown). If you keep a log of your exercises make sure you include stretching before and after your regimen. If you usually do cardio after the exercises then stretch afterwards.
May 12, 2008 5 Comments