Active Recovery Day
What stretches are good for active recovery? Two great stretches for active recovery or enhancing your overall mobility are the elevated prayer stretch and the frog stretch. A great stretch to do before a workout or even afterward for recovery is the frog stretch. The frog pose targets the hips, groin, and the lower back. There are many benefits to the frog stretch like helping to improve your posture, increasing mobility as well as circulation. For many athletes or just simply active people who run, cycle, lift, or do rapid workouts, this stretch helps target the very areas that get tight during consistent movement. If you spend a lot of time sitting during your day the frog stretch is a great way to wake up your muscles and get rid of any pain or tightness in your back.
Another stretch that is great for active recovery or just warming up for any type of workout is the elevated prayer stretch. This stretch is great for your hips, lower back, and shoulders. It can be done elevated or from the floor, but if you elevate this stretch you will feel a deeper stretch in your lats and triceps which is much more beneficial. By doing this type of stretch you will increase your overhead range of motion which will then benefit your workout performance, relieve back pain, increase mobility, and helps take the pressure off your lower back.
Step-by-step FROG STRETCH
Before you start this stretch, consider putting a blanket or a yoga mat on the floor to help take off the tension of your knees.
Step-by-step ELEVATED PRAYER STRETCH