5 Stretches for Sore Muscles


We all know the pain of muscle soreness the day after a hard workout when it seems impossible to even get out of bed. Feeling sore is normal — in fact, it’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and occurs when we work out muscles that aren’t used to being worked out. Many of us may use soreness as an excuse to not work out, but we all know that’s a copout. However, you don’t want to push your limits too much because that could lead to further muscle damage. Here 5 Stretches for Sore Muscles:

1) Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
Kneeling Hip Flexor

This stretch will open up your hip flexors and help loosen up your short, tight muscle. You’ll want to kneel down on your left knee with your right foot on the floor and your right knee bent 90 degrees. Reach up with your right hand as high as you can (A). Bend your torso to your right (B). Rotate your torso to the right as you reach with your right hand as far behind you as you can. Hold this position for 30 seconds (C). Kneel on your right knee, switch arms, and repeat. That’s one rep.

2) Wall Slide
wall-slide

This move will increase blood flow to your upper body. The more blood flow your muscles receive, the less sore they’ll become. You’ll want to lean your head, upper back and butt against the wall. Place your hands and arms against the wall in a high five position, your elbows bent 90 degrees and your upper arms at shoulder height (A). Keeping your elbows, wrists and hands pressed into the wall, slide your elbows down toward your sides as far as you can. Squeeze your shoulder blades together (B). Slide your arms back up the wall as high as you can while keeping your hands in contact with the wall (C). That’s one rep. Lower and repeat.