Top 5 MOST Important Muscles to Stretch DAILY
- Anterior Deltoids
Also known as “the front of your shoulder”, these muscles are strong and powerful, as they help you do compound exercises such as the Overhead Press, and assist with movements like the push-up and bench press. The main reason we need to focus on keeping these muscle groups flexible, is that we use them a lot! As a society, we do not hold our posture very well, we spend a lot of time typing and using our phones, which leads to the front of our shoulders getting very tight. This pulls us into a poor posture, which will then lead to injury later on down the road.
2. Pectoralis Muscles
Also known as your “chest muscles”, just like the Anterior Deltoids, these muscle groups are prone to tightness from poor posture and the tighter they get, the more rounded your shoulders will get.
The Psoas muscle or “Hip Flexors” are responsible for a large variety of common muscular imbalances found in most people today. Due to the increase in desk jobs and sedentary lifestyles, these muscles get wound up and tight during long periods of sitting. Located at the front of the hip and crossing the lower abdomen, it is very important to keep these flexible to avoid low back pain, knee pain, and ankle pain.
Quads are located in the front of your legs and are often referred to as your “thigh muscles” most of the time. In most cases, if your hip flexors are tight, the Quads follow. While you are in a seated position the Quadriceps are constantly under tension, leading to common muscle imbalances such as weak Glutes and Hamstrings.
5. Gastrocnemius, Soleus, and Peroneals
These three muscle groups make up your Calf, just like the other four muscle groups stated above, they tend to get very tight from long periods of being in a stationary position. As they tighten up, the ankle will get more and more restricted, causing lose of balance and movement compensation that could lead to injury.