I have four children who are in incredible physical shape — two are gymnasts and one is a water polo player and the other is an all around badass finishing her last year of college. It’s easy for them to stay in good shape due to their natural youthful dexterity. Many of us have grown out of that, and all of a sudden gymnastics, softball and water polo aren’t sports that we feel we can perform at anymore.
But you don’t need to feel that way.
Daily stretching might be all you need to get back on the pommel horse. Stretching enhances many different things; it increases your range of motion, decreases your likelihood for injury and reduces muscle soreness, especially after a hard workout.
Starting small to work your way back to fitness is the key here and it all begins with stretching.
Generally, you want to keep your stretching routine held about 30 seconds per stretch. Make sure you’re really focusing on that muscle and going until you reach mild tension. It’s never a good idea to stretch too far — if you start to feel tingling or one of your limbs go numb, that is a tell-tale sign that you’ve taken it too far. This is the best part of working out, so try not to rush yourself!
Think of stretching as your reward for a job well done. Your muscles will thank you for it.