I am so terrible about stretching. I mean, I try, but I need to make it more a part of my routine. I’m fairly certain that the reason my muscles all locked up this weekend was due to lack of stretching and possibly a tiny bit of dehydration. But mostly stretching.
So I’ve been researching stretching ideas. One of the problems is that I’m not flexible and so I need super beginner stretches. One of my fellow Coeur ambassadors suggested I check out the Couch Stretch, and that sounded good. I like couches. But all the images I found were from Crossfit blogs and all I could think was “I cannot get into that position!”
Then I found this post from The Art of Manliness. 7 Simple Exercises that Undo the Damage of Sitting. Now I am not very manly, and I do not have a handlebar mustache, but these stretches are right up my alley and the graphics are great. Now I understand why the Couch Stretch carries that name. You use a couch! Yes, if you are stretchy, you can use a wall and the floor, but I am not very stretchy (yet). I’ll get there though.
Stretching should probably be the fourth discipline of triathlon. It’s an integral part of recovery and also key to quality performance. I would like to not have my body cramp up on me during my next race, so here’s to becoming more limber!