ALWAYS STRETCH AFTER A WORKOUT. Most people don’t stretch enough to keep their bodies happy, and many people who do stretch have never been taught how to align in order to stretch safely and effectively.
Some Stretching Tips:
1. Engage the muscle while you stretch it – relaxing the muscle you are lengthening can increase chance of injury because the body automatically wants to tighten it in order to protect the muscle.
2. Use your breath mindfully – reach with your breath into the places you feel the stretch. Just think about your breath moving there and clearing the tension, restoring balance in your body. It really does help.
3. Listen to your body – your body is supremely intelligent. When you feel pain that’s your body telling you that something is misaligned and asking you to do something about it. NEVER FORCE OR STRAIN – that’s just asking for complications. If you feel pain or a twinge in your stretch, back off, re-align, and use your breath to go back into it.