You’ve just finished a good, hard workout and all you want to do is grab a cold drink and sit down for a while. But before you relax, there is one last step to your training session you need to check off your list: stretching.
Cooling down is one of the most important parts of every (yes, every) workout and run. Some days this might also include light jogging or walking to prevent lactic acid build up, but post-run stretching should be a part of your daily cool-down routine.
Stretching is a great way to help your body recover after exercise because it can reduce the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance. To give you the ultimate guide to getting the most out of stretching, we sat down with strength coach and top-10 finisher in the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, Nell Rojas.
According to the Rojas coaching philosopy, the key components to any effective practice routine include a warm-up, drills, the workout itself and, you guessed it, stretching and a cool-down.
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