Stretching before skating is probably the most important part of the session. I know, you’re probably thinking “stretching is for kooks.” But, let me tell you, getting your body nice and loose before you get going will help you skate longer and better than ever before.
The five best dynamic stretches to do before you skate are: standing leg swings, runners lunge, walking lunges, crossover arm stretch, and wall calf stretch.
- Standing leg swings
Standing leg swings are a great way to warm your legs up, get your hips primed, and blood flowing.
To do the stretch, stand with your arms on a wall (or anything you can brace yourself on), swing your leg closest to the wall forward and backward in a kicking motion. Do two sets of 15-20.
- Runners Lunge
Runners Lunge open your hips up, allowing you to move better and put more power to your legs.
For this stretch, get into a pushup position. Take one leg and reach it up to your hand. With your hand closest to your foot, reach upward and hold for 5-10 secs. Repeat with each leg 5-10 time for two sets.
- Walking Lunges
Walking lunges are great because they are a blend of a static and dynamic stretch.
To do a walking lunge, walk while lunging your leg forward as far as comfortably forward. Do this for two sets, ten times for each leg.
- Crossover Arm Stretch
Crossover arm stretch is a fairly universal stretch method. But for those who don’t know how to do it, it goes something like this:
Take an arm, extended in front of you and cross it across your body. With your other arm, grab the outer part of the crossed arm and pull it toward your body. Hold for 20-30 secs and release. Do two times on each arm.
- Wall Calf Stretch
This method is great for both ankle stability and calf activation. Not only does it improve stability, but it can also drive power to your feet, improving your session.
To do the exercise stand in front of a wall, place the ball of a foot against the wall, with you heel on the ground and lean forward toward the wall. Hold for 20-30 seconds, two to three times.
These are some of the best full-body warm ups we’ve discovered and use on a regular basis. Each stretch opens up your joints and primes your body to operate at its fullest potential. Don’t forget to add some of our premium CBD products to your routine. Med-Well CBD products have the potential to minimize aches and pains while maximizing recovery time – which allows you to do what you love even longer.
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