Stretching your muscles after finishing your ab workout helps you prevent back pain, boost recovery, and increase flexibility. Your fitness routine can only benefit from post-workout stretches, as long as you make sure to stay safe by following these three steps.
Take It Slow
You may be tempted to quickly go through your post-workout stretches so you could finally bring your workout to a close, but this won’t do you any good. Take things slow and go at your own pace since you’re not stretching to put more tension on your body, but to relax.
There’s no need for quick and forceful movements when it comes to abs stretches. This is especially true if you’re feeling tightness and soreness after doing a series of demanding abs exercises. If that happens, limit the range of motion while stretching for best results.
Know Your Limits
Stretching is not a competition and you’re doing it to relax, not to prove your fitness abilities. After your workout is done, and you get ready for the cool-down, remember you should only go to the point of tension when doing your abs stretches because you might get injured if you push too far.