So if you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I pulled my hamstring pretty badly during a workout two Saturdays ago….doing YOGA. Yoga you guys. Of all the crazy difficult classes, double classes, runs and hikes I do…I injure myself during my “active rest day” doing Yoga.
*Insert Palm to Face emoji*
Nothing against yoga here, by the way…. I think it can be such a great workout. But for me personally, I use it as a workout to stretch, decompress and limber up on days when I am not doing a more intense class. Hence the “active rest day” I mentioned above.
I am all about high intensity workouts and super difficult pilates reformer classes- I definitely put my body to work, I use heavy weights and I push myself. But I also rarely spend enough time stretching, mobilizing and cooling down properly. Why? Because it’s boring. SOOOO BORING. After finishing a workout, I want to sit down, drink water, talk with friends and then get the hell outta there you know??
I would say about 90% of the fitness friends I have admit that they don’t spend nearly enough time stretching and mobilizing…and their reason is the same as mine….and I bet that’s your reason too!
Everyone knows they should be doing it….but not many are actually doing it.
Stretching and mobilizing is SO important for recovery- it helps your muscles recover quickly which prevents soreness and future injury. You need to balance the tough workouts with tough mobilization sessions. Treat your body well after it performs so intensely for you day in and day out. If your muscles are constantly tight from tough workouts and you never give them time to stretch or roll them out…you’re more likely to get injured in the long run.
Which is basically what happened to me.
Back to that yoga class (which was at Y7 in West Hollywood and was amazing btw!! )
I was in a bound warrior pose, and I was feeling a bit ambitious (hey hey!) and I went into bound triangle…and that is when it happened: I felt a very sudden sharp pull in the back of my left leg. The feeling of a rubber band snapping back. My eyes went wide and I got super nervous- I then just laid down for the rest of class. I could walk pretty normally, which was good…and the pain wasn’t terrible…but it was definitely there and pesky. I took a few days off from any physical activities and then started with taking walks around my neighborhood and then a light barre class about 6 days later. It is getting a bit better every single day. I have slowly started to add in more workouts, with modifications to certain movements and I am vowing to take it easy until my hamstring is back to 100%. When recovering from an injury, it’s important to not do too much too quick!!
This annoying incident has reminded me of how important it is to mobilize, stretch and foam roll DAILY. As annoying as it is and as much as I don’t want to do it…I am going to force myself. I don’t want to get injured and I want to do everything I can to prevent a future injury. I highly recommend you think about doing the same thing!
Invest in a foam roller (this is the one I use) and spend some time at night while you’re just hanging out, watching TV to stretch and roll out for 10-15 minutes. Nothing crazy. A little bit goes a long way. AND spending those 10-15 minutes each day doing something you don’t like can prevent an injury that’ll keep you out of commission for weeks or months. Remember that and use it as motivation!
Keep your body limber and healthy- post workout stretching is almost as important as the workout itself!!
I am preparing for a post coming soon with all my favorite mobilization moves to target your whole body AND my go-to foam rolling routine. It hurts, but it hurts so good.
Are there any certain areas of your body you’d like some stretching/mobilizing tips on?? Let me know and I will make sure to include some good options!