It seems like such a little thing, silly even. But the difference I get when I remember to stretch when I’m on the road is huge. On my recent adventure in Redding I stretched everything that felt good when stretched.
I was skeptical–stretching doesn’t seem like much. Then I found myself not just surviving four days of hiking in a row, but enjoying it. And feeling energetic and ready to go again the next morning with little or no muscle soreness.
Have you been given a stretching routine by a physical therapist or personal trainer? Do it lots and lots while you’re traveling, even if you kind of ignore it while you’re at home.
Don’t have a PT or a…um, PT, or a regular stretching routine? Try stretching your “walking muscles”–your quads (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), calf muscles, and glutes (butt). A good quick spot to learn how to stretch these muscles is the Physical Therapy page at About.com.
Got a good stretch that helps you feel better on the road? Post it here–I’m always looking to add my collection.