Hmmm, how come that guy in the red shirt is on that small stability ball (shame on the class instructor). Choose a ball that allows your knees to be at a 90 degree angle when seated.
Nice article and timely as the cooler weather is upon us and many are forced indoors to exercise. However, stretching before a workout is a two edged sword. Muscles and joints are cold and not up to speed yet and if you stretch too much you can injure yourself. (especially if you are new at this kind of activity or haven't exercised for a while) Instead do some lower paced motions that are similar to your main workout. Perhaps do some light cardio and mild yoga or pilates for 5 to 10 minutes. Your body will appreciate your efforts a whole lot more and you minimize the risk of over stretching.
Stretching after a workout is not an issue as long as it's done without over extending your range of motion. And DO NOT BOUNCE as you stretch! You can damage tendons and other connective tissue. Warm down is necessary especially if you elevated your heart rate. You want to get your heart slowly back down below 70 bpm. Slow jog, run in place, more basic pilates and yoga will help.
Now get that body moving!
- 12/8/2012 11:20:32 AM