Prevent Crossfit injuries by doing these stretches.
If you’ve spent any time doing CrossFit, then you know how high-intensity and high-impact it can be. As a rule, CrossFit is a mix between calisthenics, Olympic weightlifting, and requires a lot of different movements that incorporate weights, barbells, jump rope, and a host of other exercises and aerobics mixed into one brand.
Because the exercises are intense and require a full body of motion, there are injuries that can occur, even if you’re in incredible shape. The majority of injuries caused from working out is linked to a lack of proper stretching and preparing your body for strenuous exercises.
The reality is, stretching before exercise is just as important, if not, more so important than the exercise itself. You must make an effort to include stretching into your workout regime or you risk becoming injured. The two main reasons why CrossFit can cause an injury: the muscles don’t fire as they should or the user has improper joint mechanics.
In laymen’s terms: if you get hurt doing CrossFit (or doing a variety of other exercises), it’s’ due to a lack of free range of motion and your body wasn’t prepared for the repetition and/or weight you threw at it. Let’s take a look at different stretches you should do before taking on CrossFit to prevent injuries and setting back your workout routine.
Super All-round Stretching with the stability ball (swiss ball, yoga ball or fitness ball)
These relaxing stretches use a stability ball to target all the muscles of the body with unique and sometimes challenging exercises. Open up your hips, chest, and back while building balance and stability with these relaxing moves.
After your workout or when your muscles are warm, perform each exercise as shown for at least 1 rep, holding each stretch for 15-30 seconds.
For more flexibility benefits, do this workout 3 times a week, performing each exercise 2-3 times.
Relax into each stretch and avoid bouncing or straining.
Skip any exercises that cause pain or discomfort
How important is correct posture for overall health? Although it may not get as much fanfare as eating right and exercising, a straight spine is essential to lifelong wellness.
Try these exercises to correct posture and become more confident in your movement.
**Back Extension: When you’re learning how to improve posture, it’s necessary to strengthen your back with this exercise. Lie face down, extending arms straight above your head. Keeping your head in line with your spine, gently lift your shoulders as far off the floor as possible, then return to the starting position.
This is one of the best posture exercises, and it’s easy to do anywhere. In fact, it’s practically designed to be performed during a long day at work.
**Seated Twist: From a seated position, exhale and use the right arm of your chair to twist to the right. Your abdomen and chest will be facing the right arm of your chair. Hold this position for a few breaths before returning to the starting position and repeating on the other side. This exercise can be performed throughout the day.
**Kneeling Stretch: Tight muscles are sometimes the result of poor posture. Couple bad posture with a sedentary lifestyle, and you’ve got a recipe for back pain and worsening posture as you age. The kneeling stretch combats tightness in a number of important muscle groups. Do it regularly, and you’ll find it much easier to sit and stand with a straight spine.To begin, lunge with one leg forward while the knee of the other leg rests on a padded mat.
Place your hands on your lunging knee. Gently push the hips forward to feel a stretch in the iliopsoas muscle, an important connection between the hip and spine. The more flexible your iliopsoas muscle is, the freer you are to keep your spine straight.
To begin, lunge with one leg forward while the knee of the other leg rests on a padded mat. Place your hands on your lunging knee. Gently push the hips forward to feel a stretch in the iliopsoas muscle, an important connection between the hip and spine. The more flexible your iliopsoas muscle is, the freer you are to keep your spine straight.
Use any or all of these exercises on a regular basis to fix posture problems and improve your health and fitness.
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If you use a foam roller only to rehab injured muscles, you’re not getting the most out of it. A roller—which looks like a firm log—can be a valuable part of a healthy runner’s warmup and cooldown routine, says Michael Clark, Ph.D., a physical therapist and CEO of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Rolling improves circulation, which gets the body ready for a workout and helps it recover afterward. And because rolling breaks down knots that limit the range of motion, it preps muscles for stretching. Try these routines, moving slowly and stopping and holding on tender spots.
Put the roller under a calf. Rest your other foot on the floor. Roll from the ankle to below the knee. Rotate the leg in, then out. Stack ankles to add pressure.
Lie on your side with the roller near your hip, rest your other leg’s foot on the floor. Move along your outer thigh. Increase pressure by stacking your legs
When you decide to improve your health, your first step doesn’t have to be pounding the pavement on a grueling, long-distance run. If you join a gym, regular rowing workouts are an ideal way to work toward maximum physical fitness. Using a rowing machine can help to build and tone your muscles, strengthen your cardiovascular function and increase your stamina. Rowing machines are particularly effective for older fitness enthusiasts because they place no strain on your back and joints.
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