Stretching and Muscle Recovery

Stretching and Muscle Recovery

We are in the full swing of summer and maybe you’ve been enjoying some new experiences, like hiking, or rock climbing, or a new exercise routine. And with these new and fun summer activities you might have noticed you are using different muscles. Are you feeling those muscles a bit more – maybe with a little bit of stiffness?

Let’s explore some ideas on how you might be able to support those muscles.

First, when you are starting that hike, or facing those rocks, or getting ready for that new exercise class, are you doing any “pre-workout warm-up”? We’ve heard for so long that “stretching” before exercise is good, however, according to Harvard Health, it might be better to do a brief warm-up to get your blood flowing and loosen your joints before your new adventure.

So when SHOULD you stretch? Studies indicate that stretching AFTER your workout or exercise routine is a great time to stretch. Your muscles are warmed up and more flexible, and it’s a great way to end a workout! And it is also noted that regular stretching, not just post workout, can be beneficial to support your overall flexibility.

And what about supplements? There are 3 amino acids, know as Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s), that are often taken to support protein synthesis and muscle recovery. These three amino acids are L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine and L-Valine. And finding a supplement that contains the preferred 2:1:1 ratio (L-Leucine: L-Isoleucine: L-Valine) is what you should look for on the Supplement Facts Panel in a BCAA supplement you are considering.

An excellent option would be Biochem’s BCAA powder!

This DELICIOUS vegan peach mango flavored powder is instantized for easy mixing and manufactured to provide exceptionally high quality amino acids. Naturally sweetened with monk fruit with no artificial flavors or colors, this BCAA powder is KETO friendly and GFCO Certified gluten free. That’s what we call #NextLevelLiving!

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