Everyone gets aches and pains. But rather than going to see an expensive sports masseur, have you ever considered treating painful muscle knots yourself? The advantages of performing your own massage is that only you know the exact spot that the pain is located. Using a tennis ball is an ideal way of applying pressure to trigger points, as they are firm, yet pliable and can fit to the shape of your muscle contours well.
It’s important to stretch when exercising. Here the folk at the Wollongong UWH 4s are doing some stretching underwater.
Stretching is a very important thing to do before you go on a run. Other things are just as important, like the right pair of running shoes, good form, and a good warm-up run. When we used to meet up for practice at 6AM during the summer, before we started our workout on the trail, we would start everything out with a good-paced warm-up lap, which consisted of a perimeter around our baseball fields behind the gym. The warm-up run was not meant to be so fast that it affected our actual run, but fast enough to start to break a sweat and warm enough to loosen our muscles and relieve any tension, which is what you really want to do.
Staying fit is important to all of us, not just for activities like running or cycling but also for the many other activities we do in our daily lives. Some of these activities may include running, joining marathons, playing with our children or just going for a daily walk. Staying fit is also important for our physical appearance. Physical fitness has become very important in today’s world, with many people having membership to physical fitness gyms or working out on a daily basis.