Use Your Head When Stretching

Weights in weight room.

Weight work is critical. To stave off the negative impacts of aging on your body, and for effective Ironman training. Photo by FitOldDog.

FitOldDog using his head during stretching in the weight room.

During most stretches, you can move your head to find the tight spots. I’m rotating my head to find strands of tense muscle in my quads and hips.

I learned a lot from body-awareness training, including the importance head movements while stretching.

As we age we tighten up. Especially after working out, when stretching is most effective.

Just started more serious training for the 2016 Louisville Ironman. In my 70s. Following a Joe Friel workout, on Training Peaks. You might wonder why?

To keep me out of assisted living! And to have fun doing it.

Feldenkrais and Continuum training, teach the power of head movements during stretching. As you stretch, slowly turn your head from side-to-side or in a circular pattern. Look for those local tight spots.

You will enjoy this approach. Particularly after running and weight lifting. A stretching routine will reduce training injuries. In my case, it helps to keep plantar fasciitis away.

How long should you stretch? Fifteen minutes to one hour, depending on the intensity of your workouts.

Happy Trails.



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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.