I seem to get seriously tight muscles whenever I train. I doesn't matter what distance, how frequently, or what intensity, if the muscles are in use, they start going really tight. The only way I seem to be able to keep myself from having painfully tight muscles is to stretch everything (shoulders, chest, lats, lower back, and of course all of my leg muscles) for about 30min in the morning, and then again in the evening, every day.
Does everyone have to stretch this much or are some people more susceptible to developing tight muscles than others are?
I hardly ever stretch - I used to do a bit at the end of a gym session - but I haven't been to the gym for years.
I stretch my legs before and after each session and stretch my calves every morning whether training or not.
I do also suffer a lot from cramp which happens more when I don't stretch, and I take medication for that. If I don't take it, I suffer. I'm also a great advocate of salt! Apparently you sweat more potassium than sodium so Lo salt is better for you as it has equal proportion of sodium and potassium.
Is that because of your cycling Barley ? That shortens the muscles in the back of the legs.
And I'm with the hardly any stretching league here. Basically only when I've done a spin class or run with others - I'll do some stretches then.
My wife will stretch for 10 mins before going out - but she's clearly insane.
ah ha! 'Foam Rollers' big thumbs up!
Muffin girl, is this what you mean?
They are fantastic. I use one for my ITB stretches.
I know what you're talking about Muffin Girl.
Ok, I'm actually relatively flexible, I can still reach down and put my knuckles on my toes, but never-the-less, my hamstrings (and lots of other muscles) are still feeling very tight. They cramped a couple of times over the weekend while I was doing virtually nothing.
Anna, I eat loads of bananas anyway (good source of potassium).
I'm beginning to think I've just got naturally tight muscles. It's not my imagination. I can feel the areas of tightness when I rub them.
Oh well, stop complaining Garr. At least you can still run!
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