Since I live in an area in Alberta, Canada where there has been a substantial amount of snowfall and cold weather this year, I decided to experiment a little with The Stick as a warm-up and cool-down tool in cold weather. Here are some relevant Stick tips.
Here is what we know already about The Stick as a warm-up/cool-down tool:
- A typical warm-up for healthy muscle tissue is about 20 progressively deeper passes over each muscle group (about 30 seconds per area).
- By warming up muscles for exercise, the muscles are becoming stimulated and ready to perform by increasing the blood flow to that muscle group.
- A typical cool-down for healthy muscle tissue is about 20 progressively deeper passes over each muscle group (about 30 seconds per area).
- By cooling down muscles after exercise, muscles are permitted to slowly return to their resting state and blood pooling will be reduced. Soreness and stiffness can be diminished with a proper cool-down, leading to increased recovery for the next time training takes place. Never mind allowing your heart to recover.
Here is what I have been doing:
- Rolling over my legs (one leg @ a time) in my house, starting with quads, then hamstrings, then calves.
- Switching legs
- Lower back/Upper Back
- A little on the arms.
- Going out for a run in the cold/snow.
- Light stretching on thet front step of my house.
- Repeating steps 1-4 in my house.
- Stretching my lower back with the Posture Curve!
My findings have been very impressive. I feel fantastic! Due to the fact that I warm-up with The Stick, my muscles are prepared for exercise without expending energy. This is a real benefit since the cold and snow already zap a lot of energy to begin with. I can start my run right away without spending extra time outside “warming-up”. My muscles are primed and ready to go.
You may notice that when you do exercise outside that your muscles due become stiff and cold even though you are exercising. This is really apparent when your done your workout. Typically your legs are a little cold and stiff. This is where The Stick is even more impressive. By rolling over your muscles, you actually are speeding up circulation by bringing blood flow to the area you are rolling. Your legs actually warm-up a little at the same time you are flushing out the lactic acid that has built up from your training session.
Needless to say, The Stick is amazing!!
P.S.- My wife, who is the real runner, loves using The Stick too!!
P.S.S – These same results will work for your pets and horses!!