Noun: “A feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring.”
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain
Coming into the spring season there is so much we have waited all winter long to do. Ditch the treadmill for the Riverwalk, put away the shovels and get out the gardening tools, and reacquaint your self with your neighbors as you ride by their houses on your bicycle. We are just so excited to get out and go, that there is one MAJOR thing we often forget.
It is important to S T R E T C H!
Our routines have changed with the seasons and if you try to pick up where you left off you may regret it!
Most researchers say it is unwise to stretch before your muscles are warmed up, so try some dynamic warm up exercises first: Arm circles, walking lunges, and/or jumping jacks, to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing, then you are safe to stretch out.
It is recommended even more to stretch AFTER your workout/activity. Stretching out your muscles is just as important as strengthening them, and it can help to improve your overall athletic performance and prevent injuries.
Helpful Hint: “Focus on major muscle groups.”
“When you’re stretching, focus on your calves, thighs, hips, lower back, neck and shoulders. Also stretch muscles and joints that you routinely use at work or play. And make sure that you stretch both sides. For instance, if you stretch your left hamstring, be sure to stretch your right hamstring, too.”
(Stretching: focus on flexibility, by Mayo Clinic Staff)
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