Sarah Angus | Qualified Sports & Exercise Scientist, and Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Speaking recovery, sometimes stretching it is more important than the workout itself. What is the point in doing a workout if you're going to have a couple of days off after feeling super sore due to feeling overworked? Your muscles are going to be contracted. We know that stretching and foam rolling can help accelerate your results and it can prepare you for your next workout. So, for me, I don't love stretching. I don't know anyone who loves stretching, but I do dedicate and plan in time every workout to get stretching and foam rolling in. I have a foam roller in my living room and I will roll out my quads, my calves, my hammies, my back, and my pecs every night whilst watching TV. And that's just to help me maintain the flexibility that I have gained from working out, from stretching, and to maintain the mobility that I do you have at the moment. We see older generations now just being so immobile and so contracted and I just think if we're working on it every day, if we make a habit of stretching and rolling each day, we're going to be so much better off in say 30, 40, 50 years. And we're not going to be so contracted. Instead, we're still going to be completely mobile and completely flexible.