Static stretching is more effective as a form of restoration away
from training than it is as a warm-up method during training, but if you
don’t have time to put aside for it exclusively, you can always kill
two birds with one stone. Why not stretch while watching television? The
average American watches over four hours of television a day. You can
easily spare an hour of that time to stretch.
For instance, a great way to restore collapsed arches and get a nice stretch for your quads is to sit on your heels. This is part of the hero pose in yoga. Practice other stretches during this time as well away from watching television somewhat healthy and productive.
An excellent way to address the myofascial system at least once a
week is with yoga. I used to have a yoga instructor come to the house on
a regular basis, but these days I go to a studio that’s nearby. I find
that yoga helps not only to improve flexibility and enhance recovery,
but also with relaxation. With a busy schedule, you need some time to
“unwind” and yoga can definitely accomplish that.
Now, you don’t necessarily have to attend a studio to practice yoga
with an instructor. You can do it in private right at home. Just find a
video or DVD that resonates well with you and go for it!
Whether you decide to perform yoga at a studio or at home, aim for at
least an hour a week. Schedule it in your calendar if you have to and
stick to it.