You may already know that a massage before and after physical activity, is good for you but do you know why?
A massage is a method of promoting blood circulation by applying moderate stimulation to muscles from the surface of the body. Despite what people think, blood circulation improves throughout the body, not just in the massaged area. With improved blood circulation, it is easier to recover from muscle fatigue. Muscle fatigue recovery occurs quicker because oxygen and nutrient-rich blood are supplied more efficiently with increased circulation. Exercising also makes our lymphatic system's circulation better, which makes it easier to remove cellular waste produced by exercise. Other benefits include improved muscle movement, flexibility, and a reduction in tension.
With all this said it makes sense that a pre-exercise massage is a great idea. By warming up your muscles, loosening your joints, and increasing blood flow, you prepare your body for physical activity and reduce the risk of injury. Once you have finished your physical activity, a post-exercise massage will help relieve fatigue and muscle soreness and promote faster recovery. Exercise builds up lactic acid and other waste fluids in the body during activity, which are circulated during the massage. A body with proper circulation eliminates waste fluids more efficiently and reduces stiffness and soreness. A post-exercise massage may also improve flexibility and range of motion.
It is important to include massages in your exercise routine. It prepares the body for work and allows it to recover faster and more effectively. It also reduces the risk of injury which is of utmost importance. Do not forget to properly hydrate and stretch muscles before and after exercise in conjunction with your massages. Follow these suggestions to stay active throughout your life and maintain good physical health.