I hear lots of people talking about warming-up before a gig or before practising, but what about warm-down exercises afterwards? A good warm-up gets the blood flowing to the muscles and loosens the joints so that we can function properly when we play.  But one of the pay-offs for that exercise is the production of a substance called lactic acid. Our muscles burn the ‘food’ (glucose) brought in by the blood, use the energy and produce an end product … lactic acid.  Have you ever had aching muscles the day after a gig or practice session?  This is because you have a reserve of this lactic acid remaining in your muscles.  It is common in most sports involving a high level of exercise for the participants to ‘warm-down’ afterwards to avoid the problems afterwards caused by this little beastie.  This process is actually quite simple (and pleasant) after all the exercise. There are main groups of muscles around the neck, shoulders, wrists, spine, abdomen, hips, legs and feet that need to ‘chill-out’.  Gentle exercises to contract and relax the muscles, in addition to smooth, slow movements will help to relieve many of the discomfort and give pain-free, ache-free days!   If you’re interested, there is more comprehensive help and advice at the following web pages … waywood.drums and waywood.percussion. Here’s to more pain-free days!

About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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