Day 19 – Thursday night was a huge, sweaty success and it did a number on my muscles, especially the ones in my lower back. You probably already know that if your back hurts, your tummy is likely involved and if your tummy muscles hurt, you probably have some back issues. Either way, I was tight this morning when I got up.
I’ve learned a lot in this latest quest to be consistent in my fitness and nutrition. One of the best lessons though, that I should have been more sensitive to all along, is the absolute need for plenty of stretching. Much of the time, when I have opted to stay home from the gym in the past was because of “tightness.” Ans sometimes I’ve gone on to the gym to workout only to make things worse by not stretching before I hit the track, weights, and machines.
Today, I started to get a clearer picture of stretching’s importance, so I opted for an elastic band and foam roller workout at home. By the way, if you do this stuff right, it ain’t easy–but man is it ever beneficial.
A forty-five minute session on the floor did wonders for a sore back, tight calves, quads, and hamstrings. When this 30-day thing is over, stretching days will be a regular part of my program.