Seriously, it does hurt. My left quad has a pain like none I’ve felt in a long time. Why? I overdid my workout and I didn’t take the proper care post workout.
Yes, I had a nice thick luscious protein shake within 30minutes of my workout end. BUT, I didn’t stretch. Nor did I foam roll.
Stretching is a great way to wind down from your workout. It is also a great way to get into the workout mindset. Stretching is about preventing injury to cold muscles and it also helps worn muscles to recover post workout.
So, stretch! Even better, foam roll! A combination of foam rolling first, then stretching will help keep your limbs from cramping up. Also, drink a protein shake and drink plenty of water.
Stretch again before you go to bed. Some athletes also start and end their day with a good stretch. If you need some inspiration, check out these stretches for triathletes.
Stretching and foam rolling is not only a meditative way to keep your muscles in good shape, but they will also keep a grown man from crying. Get to it!