I have a confession to make. I am terrible about stretching after a workout. I mean, I think about doing it and sort of halfheartedly stretch, but really, I need to do a lot more.
How do I know this? After a few days of some solid workouts, my legs are a mess of muscle knots. My hip flexors ache. My lower back is sore (something that I’ve discovered happens to me when my hips get tight). So it’s time to get back to basics.
I spent about half an hour on the foam roller last night. It hurt. A lot. But my hips feel so much better today. Seriously, if you’re a runner/walker/whatever-er, get a foam roller. You don’t know how good you can feel until you try it.
I have a nagging knot in my calf diagnosed by my Coach that has been driving me nuts. I was having shin pain and she said “Hey, roll out your calf, it’s probably a knot there.” I poked around and yep. There it is. I worked on it with a massage ball and my R8 Roll Recovery (the most expensive, yet most useful massage tool I have ever purchased) and today it still hurts. I need to spend more time working it out.
And while stretching wouldn’t solve anything, it probably would have prevented me from getting into such a twisted mess. So learn from my mistakes. Stretch. Foam roll a lot. Not just when you think you need it.
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