It’s easy to overlook the importance of stretching but try to make an effort to stretch after your workouts in the coming weeks. You should notice a difference in the level of soreness you experience in the days following a tough workout. In addition, stretching increases flexibility when performed on a consistent basis.
A common misconception that many people have is that intense stretching should take place before a workout. This is absolutely false! Stretching before any type of warmup or workout can be dangerous and ultimately cause injury. Try a light cardio warmup before your strength training program or vigorous cardio workout. This type of light warmup will help get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles up. After your entire workout is complete finish up with a light cardio cooldown and significant stretching. If you insist on stretching before a workout make sure you warm up first.
When stretching a muscle group hold each static stretch for 30-90 seconds. The longer the better. There is little point in holding static stretches for less than 30 seconds. Just like the rest of your workout, if you’re going to execute it, you may as well do it right and receive the best possible benefit. Incorporate some stretches into your workout routine and see if it doesn’t help with your soreness. Good luck!