"It's at least a 30-second hold for static stretching." —Meghan King, DPT
Of course, this doesn't mean that King is done with her recovery regimen in 90 seconds flat. Her philosophy is to mark off a specific number of minutes minimum to spend stretching out her body. "For me, I tell myself that I'll do five minutes [of stretching] before I shower," she says. "Anything is better than nothing, and people have the tendency to hit the shower right when they're done with a workout, but a lot of times I find that those five minutes will turn into longer once I get going." So the five-minute time hold ensures she can give her muscles a mini-TLC sesh, even in a time crunch—a trick I'm stealing, ASAP.
To get moving, here's how a pro stretcher says you can achieve hip decompression for always-tight hips. Also bookmark this 12-move dynamic stretching routine that'll open up your body from head to toe.
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